The Washington Times - March 25, 2011, 02:29PM

Maryland’s Desmond Kearse was granted a medical hardship by the NCAA, football coach Randy Edsall said.

“His went through,” Edsall said. “He was granted the extra year.”


Kearse played in three games —- starting one —-  and made two tackles last fall as a true freshman. He suffered ankle and shin injuries Sept. 25 against Florida International and did not play in Maryland’s final nine games.

Players can compete in 30 percent of a team’s games, so long as they’re all in the first half of a season, to be eligible for a waiver. Generally, players who have already redshirted for non-medical reasons are much less likely to receive a waiver than those who have yet to redshirt.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Kearse is listed third on Maryland’s spring depth chart at STAR, a linebacker/safety hybrid position where Kenny Tate will start.

—- Patrick Stevens