Jamarr Robinson, Maryland’s opening game starter at quarterback last season, will not return to the program in 2011, new coach Randy Edsall said Friday.
Ben Pooler, a linebacker and a fifth-year senior like Robinson, will also not return.
“They’re going to be moving on because they will be graduating at the end of this semester,” Edsall said. “They will have the opportunity, if they want to, they can go and transfer to a lower-level school and be eligible and get into the master’s programs at those institutions.”
Robinson, who first signed with Maryland in 2006 and subsequently grayshirted, started five games in his Maryland career. He was 26-for-49 for 349 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions last season, which included starts in the Terrapins’ first three games.
He suffered a shoulder injury in a Sept. 18 loss at West Virginia, and redshirt freshman Danny O’Brien took over and then secured the starting job in Robinson’s absence.
For his career, Robinson was 72-for-134 for 808 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Robinson’s departure leaves Maryland with three scholarship quarterbacks: O’Brien, sophomore C.J. Brown and redshirt freshman Tyler Smith.
Pooler, who played in 12 games at Maryland and started five in place of an injured Demetrius Hartsfield in 2009, was beset with knee injuries throughout his career. Pooler missed all but one game in 2008 because of a knee injury, and suffered a torn ACL in preseason practice last season.
“I think what happens is, is everyone has five years to complete four years of eligibility but the fifth year is not a guaranteed year,” Edsall said. “The thing the University of Maryland has done is they’ve lived up to their obligation of graduating those two young men in terms of their degrees, so they’re going to be moving on and working to go, I think, to play at a lower level next year.”
—- Patrick Stevens