Larry Washington reinstated to Maryland football team Running back suspended 3 games, must apologize

September 03, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

University of Maryland sophomore running back Larry Washington was reinstated to the football team last night, according to two sources close to the player.

Washington, however, will be suspended for three games and has to apologize to his teammates today for an incident that led to his suspension nearly three weeks ago.

Washington, 20, from Randallstown High, declined to comment last night, and Maryland football coach Mark Duffner did not return phone calls to his office.

But Grace Price, Washington's mother, said Washington had expected to meet with Duffner last night.

John Buchheister, Washington's coach at Randallstown, also said he thought a meeting was to take place, but would not say whether Washington had been reinstated.

Washington, 20, admitted to one charge of felony forgery of a credit card Monday as part of a plea arrangement worked out before Prince George's County District Judge Sylvania W. Woods.

Washington was placed on one year's unsupervised probation and required to make restitution of $652.14, serve 40 hours of community service and agree to testify if teammate Kevin Washington goes to trial in connection with his alleged theft and use of checks and credit cards.

Kevin Washington, from Baltimore's Dunbar High, is facing three counts of felony forgery and nine counts of misdemeanor theft after he was arrested and charged Aug. 14 with stealing personal checks from Olusegun Mbanefo, a roommate in their Leonardtown apartment, and using them to pay for pizza deliveries.

He also was charged with the theft of credit cards from another roommate, Robert Greer.

Kevin Washington's trial is set for Oct. 23. Both players were suspended by Duffner on Aug. 15.

After his trial Monday, Washington expressed interest in returning to Maryland. His first contact with Duffner since the incident was Tuesday morning. Washington's lawyer, Gary Neal, also contacted Duffner and athletic director Andy Geiger about Washington's return.

Washington, 5 feet 10, 215 pounds, might be the best running back to come out of the state during the past decade.

Washington, a high school All-American, played sparingly last season, rushing 51 times for 195 yards. Going into preseason camp, he was the No. 4 running back to starter Mark Mason, Kameron Williams and Doug Burnett.

Part of the reason Washington was so low on the depth chart was that he did not practice in the spring because of his poor academic standing.

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