Terps suspend 2 players indefinitely for team rules violations

August 16, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Larry Washington, a sophomore running back from Randallstown, and Kevin Washington, a redshirt freshman receiver out of Dunbar High, have been suspended indefinitely from Maryland's football team for violations of team rules.

Three other players also were missing from the Terps' first full-squad workouts yesterday.

Coach Mark Duffner declined to disclose the length of the suspensions and the nature of the team rules violations by the Washingtons (who are not related), saying only they had been sent home and were no longer in the Dorchester dormwhere the squad is staying during preseason camp.

"It's team policy not to disclose the specific violations," Duffner said. "That's within the team."

A team source, however, said: "Whatever they [the Washingtons] did, it must be big, because coach Duffner is really ticked."

Dave deBruin, a senior offensive guard and a starter last year, failed the physical because of an insufficiently healed knee after surgery and will not be allowed to play for now.

David Hack, a sophomore starting offensive tackle, and Kevin Woodeschick, a sophomore tight end, are academically ineligible for the season.

"We'll miss these players because we need everyone," Duffner said. "But there are both university and team standards that must be met."

As a freshman last year, Larry Washington tied for third in team rushing with 195 yards and amassed 312 all-purpose yards, including 48 on receptions and 69 on kickoffs. After a banner year as a Randallstown High senior, he was named The Evening Sun Prep Athlete of the Year in 1991.

Washington, reached by phone at his mother's home in Randallstown, declined to divulge his team rules violation. "I just violated a rule," he said. "I don't want to say what. I don't have a lot to say right now. I'm still enrolled in school, but I don't know what the future holds."

Asked if he expected to play this year, he said: "Probably not. We'll see in the coming weeks."

Kevin Washington, redshirted last year, was not on the three-deep chart at the end of spring practice. An All-Metro tight end in 1990, Washington was Dunbar's nominee for the Scholar-Athlete Award. He could not be reached for comment.

DeBruin, of Akron, Ohio, underwent knee surgery after spring practice in early May. He has not recovered sufficiently to practice. "We don't know when he'll be back," Duffner said. "But he can't practice until he gets medical clearance."

Hack of Holland, N.Y., and Woodeschick of Berwick, Pa., both sophomores, attended the first session of summer school, but not the second. "If they bring up their academics, we expect them to return next year," Duffner said.

After conducting the first full-squad workouts in a drizzle yesterday, Duffner said there will be some position switches. Because the team is deep in quality running backs, even with Larry Washington missing, Raphael Wall will move to the defensive secondary. A sophomore out of Wilde Lake High, Wall played in only three games last year, but gained 287 all-purpose yards.

"Raphael is a fine player who we think can contribute more somewhere else," Duffner said. "This isn't to say he couldn't be a good running back. But with only one running back in the game at a time, we need to get his talent on the field."

The Terps still have six useful runnings backs, with Mark Mason, Doug Burnett and Kameron Williams

the leading three.

In other moves, Doug Catherman, Joe Bergstrom and Jamie Bragg, a sophomore from Severna Park, will go from the defensive to the offensive line. The switches were tied to the loss of deBruin and Hack.

Yesterday's workouts consisted of split sessions in the morning, with half of the squad starting at 8 a.m., the other half at 10. The entire squad worked together in the afternoon. The same schedule will be followed tomorrow and Tuesday, before the first day in pads Wednesday. Today is Press and Photo Day.

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