2 Maryland linemen to leave team early

College Football

December 13, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Maryland junior offensive guard Donnie Woods said yesterday that he will not return for his senior season because he wants to pursue a career in either the military or as a police officer. Reserve guard Garrick Clig also will not return next year, but he will graduate this summer, a school spokesman confirmed.

Woods was one of the Terps' top offensive linemen before he suffered a serious neck injury against Miami this season. Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said he told Woods that he hopes he doesn't regret the decision.

"He seems pretty determined about it," Friedgen said. "As long as he gets his degree, I'm OK. I'm a little concerned about that right now, that he gets his degree."

Woods started every game this season at left guard except the last two, when he was replaced by Jaimie Thomas.

"It's his call," center Edwin Williams said. "It's what he wants to do. I wish him the best of luck, whatever he does.

"The reason we go to college is to find out what you want to do in life. It's not always about football.

In other team news, linebacker Erin Henderson returned to practice this week after surgery for a growth on his left elbow.

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