- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Maryland dismissed incumbent starting right guard Justin Lewis from its football program Monday.

In a statement released by the athletic department, first-year coach Randy Edsall said Lewis violated team policies.

“As with any organization, there are policies which must be adhered to by all individuals and when they’re not, there are consequences for an individual’s actions,” Edsall said.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Lewis started 12 games as a sophomore in 2010, missing only the regular-season finale against N.C. State. Lewis played in 21 games at Maryland, starting 15. He missed this spring while recovering from offseason surgery.

Lewis was Rivals.com’s 61st-ranked offensive guard in the class of 2008. After a redshirt year, he played in nine games in 2009 and started in losses to Virginia, Duke and Boston College.

Lewis‘ dismissal leaves sophomores Josh Cary and Pete White as the Terrapins’ most obvious options at right guard.

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound White, a lauded recruit out of St. John’s in the District, played in eight games last fall and started one. He was ineligible for the Terrapins’ Military Bowl defeat of East Carolina. Cary, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound former walk-on, played in five games (including the final three) in 2010.

Lewis is the 11th player with eligibility remaining to leave the program since Edsall’s hiring. In addition, Edsall said last month that defensive tackle Zach Kerr is ineligible this season.

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