Maryland OL Mike Madaras leaves program

Maryland OL Mike Madaras leaves program
October 29, 2013, 1:15 pm

Terps fail to capitalize against Clemson

Sophomore offensive lineman Mike Madaras has left the Maryland program, the team announced in a release Tuesday afternoon.

“This was a difficult decision, but after spending a lot of time thinking about my future and talking with my family, I have realized that my heart is not in the game of football or going to college at this time,” Madaras said in a statement.  

“I did not think it was fair to my teammates to be out there playing when I didn’t share their passion for the game. I appreciate all of the support from Coach Edsall and the rest of the Maryland football coaches and support staff. I will be rooting for them in the future."

According to a source, the departure is not related to any disciplinary action and Madaras is also planning to withdraw from the university.

A 6-5, 295-pound native of Olney, Md., Madaras was a four-star recruit coming out of the heralded Good Counsel (Md.) program. It is the same high school as Terrapins wide receiver Stefon Diggs, suspended running back Wes Brown and current 2014 Top 100 commit Jesse Aniebonam.

Madaras was suspended from the team for two weeks in early August for violating university policy. He returned shortly after the team began training camp.

“I met with Mike and he expressed his desire to no longer be a student-athlete at the University of Maryland,” head coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “We wish him the best and are here to support him any way we can in the future.”

Over the past few games, Madaras has had his share of struggles, including being called for more than one false start penalty and being part of an offensive line that has had trouble protecting the quarterback.

Edsall attributed the unit-wide problems as “a lack of focus.”