Maryland awarded scholarships to six walk-ons this week, using all of the spare scholarships at its disposal to reward a group of players with varying roles in the program.
The Terrapins will carry 85 scholarship players after giving aid to defensive back Clarence Claiborne, linebacker Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, fullback Jeff Hernandez, tailback Kwabena Ofori, long snapper Greg Parcher and defensive lineman Alex Walker.
“For some, it was really emotional,” coach Randy Edsall said. “To able to do that, it makes you feel good for them, their families, to let those guys know if you work real hard and have ability and you do what people ask you to do, there’s rewards out there for you.”
Claiborne is a senior who enters the season as the second-string strong safety. Claiborne played in four games last season, primarily on special teams.
Cudjoe-Virgil is a transfer from Division II Seton Hill who will sit out this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. Cudjoe-Virgil is originally from the Baltimore area.
Hernandez played two seasons at Bowie State before transferring in 2010. He did not appear in a game last season but is listed as a backup fullback entering his senior year.
Ofori was a walk-on the last two seasons but has yet to play in a game. He’ll be a senior this season.
Parcher is a junior who will replace another former walk-on, Tim Downs, as Maryland’s primary long snapper.
Walker, the brother of former Terp Austin Walker, is listed as the No. 2 nose tackle entering the season. Alex Walker, a sophomore, played in one game last season.
—- Patrick Stevens