Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday that both wide receiver Nigel King and defensive tackle Zach Kerr will be ineligible this season.
King, a freshman, entered the program a semester early but practiced sparingly in the spring as Maryland sorted through his NCAA clearinghouse issues.
Kerr, a junior, made 21 tackles (including a half-tackle for loss) last season as a reserve behind A.J. Francis and Joe Vellano. Kerr also found work on special teams (as a blocker on the Terrapins’ kickoff return team) and offense (as a goal-line fullback).
Edsall said King will remain in the program and will have four years of eligibility remaining in 2012.
“It’s just like a redshirt year for Nigel,” Edsall said. “All he’ll do is redshirt. He can’t play. He can practice. He just can’t compete, so we’ll deal with it. … He’s going to be part of the team.”
Kerr sat out spring practice because of academics. He was an academic question mark a year ago, but earned eligibility and played in 13 games as a sophomore.
Kerr’s future at Maryland seems cloudier than King’s at the moment.
“I’m going to be meeting with Zach a little bit later this afternoon,” Edsall said. “We’re going to have further conversations about the direction we’re going to go.”
—- Patrick Stevens