Assault charges dropped against two Maryland players for BB gun incident

Oct 1, 2016; College Park, MD, USA;  Maryland Terrapins running back Lorenzo Harrison (23) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Charges against two Maryland football players, Lorenzo Harrison III and DJ Turner, for BB gun incidents that occurred in November have been dropped.

The two freshman had initially been charged with three counts of second-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and one count of school molestation, but because of “insufficient evidence,” Harrison and Turner have been cleared.

Gina Ford, the public information officer for the state’s attorney office, said the charges were officially dropped on Monday, according to the Washington Post.

Both players were suspended from the team for the last three regular season games and the Terrapins’ appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl. Harrison was one of the team’s top ball-carriers, rushing for 633 yards and five TDs in nine games. Turner, a wide receiver, had just two catches for 19 yards.

Maryland finished the year 6-6 after losing to Boston College 36-30 in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.

Following the game, Harrison tweeted out that his suspension as handed down by D.J. Durkin had been fulfilled and that he would be eligible to play in Maryland’s season 0pening contest against Texas.

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