Maryland might need to do some last-minute running back searching in the 2020 recruiting class.
One day after losing running back Anthony McFarland to the NFL, fellow Terrapins running back Javon Leake announced on Twitter that he will also be leaving school early to seek entry into the 2020 NFL Draft.
Terp nation thank you for everything!! ❤️🐢 pic.twitter.com/1xYBz6tNWJ
— JLeake (@ny_king20) December 4, 2019
Leake led Maryland in rushing during the 2019 regular season with 736 yards and eight touchdowns. He leaves Maryland with 1,144 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Leake also averaged an incredible 7.9 yards per rush on 145 career carries.
McFarland finished second for Maryland in rushing this season, so the Terrapins will have to replace their top two rushers in 2020. Together, Leake and McFarland accumulated 1,350 rushing yards. That equaled about 66 percent of the team’s rushing yards during the regular season.
Just as Leake did, McFarland also scored eight rushing touchdowns.
Fortunately, Maryland’s second-best recruit in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings is 3-star running back Peny Boone. He is considered the 25th-best running back in the class.
The Terrapins are also expected to have junior running back Tayon Fleet-Davis return. He was third on the team with 63 rushing attempts and 265 yards.