Six Maryland players, including three starters, opt out for 2020 season
Six Maryland football players have decided to opt out of the 2020 college football season. Head coach Mike Locksley made the announcement on Friday, according to Emily Giambalvo of The Washington Post.
Three of those players were starters in 2019.
Per Giambalvo, the six players who have opted out for the upcoming season are:
- DL Jalen Alexander
- OL Austin Fontaine
- OL Johnny Jordan
- QB Josh Jackson
- DB Vincent Flythe
- LB TJ Kautai
Jackson, Jordan and Fontaine were the three players who started for the Terrapins during the 2019 season. The team finished with a 3-9 record in Locksley’s first year as head coach.
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley says DL Jalen Alexander, OL Austin Fontaine, OL Johnny Jordan, QB Josh Jackson, DB Vincent Flythe and LB TJ Kautai have all opted out of the season.
Jackson, Jordan and Fontaine were starters last year.
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) August 7, 2020
So far, a few B1G teams have seen multiple players opt out, with Michigan State and Illinois each seeing two players decide to sit out for the 2020 season. However, Maryland currently has the largest group of players currently planning on bypassing this season, due to COVID-19.
In addition, Locksley also said that Jackson has likely played his last football. That means the Terrapins are down to redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre as the only scholarship quarterback available as of right now.
Maryland is still awaiting a decision on Taulia Tagovailoa’s eligibility for the 2020 season from the NCAA.