By Connor Mount and Lamar Johnson
All charges against Maryland freshman running back Lorenzo Harrison and freshman wide receiver DJ Turner have been dropped, the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office confirmed.
The charges were dropped on account of a lack of evidence against Harrison and Turner, said Gina Ford, the public information officer for the state’s attorney’s office.
Each player faced three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of threatening bodily harm to a student on school property for their alleged roles in an airsoft gun shooting incident on campus.
“Lorenzo [Harrison] is a tremendous individual,” Harrison’s lawyer, Melissa A. Miller, said in a statement. “He loves the University of Maryland and is dedicated to it. He looks forward to moving forward and giving back to his community both on the field and off.”
Turner’s lawyer, John M. McKenna, echoed Miller’s sentiment.
“These are both tremendously good kids and tremendous student-athletes as well,” McKenna said. “DJ looks forward to continuing to be an active part of the University of Maryland. He’s proud and happy to be a University of Maryland student first and foremost and a student-athlete as well, but primarily as a University of Maryland student.”
The team suspended Harrison and Turner indefinitely before Maryland’s Nov. 12 game against Ohio State. Each missed the remainder of the season, including the Terrapins’ Quick Lane Bowl appearance.
Maryland announced in late December that Harrison and Turner “will rejoin the football program in full capacity when the team begins offseason workouts,” making the pair eligible to play when the Terrapins open next season against Texas.
Harrison rushed for 633 yards and was on pace to break the school’s freshman rushing record before his suspension. Maryland went 1-3 in his absence.
Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.