Two Terps suspended for rules violations

Gaither, Thomas will miss 2 weeks of camp

College football

August 05, 2006|By HEATHER DINICH

Maryland sophomore Jared Gaither, one of the Terps' top offensive linemen, has been suspended for two weeks of preseason camp along with sophomore guard Jaimie Thomas for a violation of team rules, according to the athletic department.

Practices begin Monday, and the players will rejoin the team Aug. 21.

Gaither, who quickly made a name for himself last season because of his size (6 feet 9, 350 pounds) and athleticism, started the final eight games at left tackle and didn't give up a sack. He moved to right tackle this spring upon the return of senior lineman Stephon Heyer. Thomas played in all 11 games last year and earned one start. He is competing at left guard this season.

"It will not help us to go through camp short a pair of linemen, but we have established a culture for our student-athletes here and there are no exceptions," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said in a statement. "We expect both players to do their best to stay in shape and be able to compete when they return."

No further comment was available.

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