Maryland football wide receiver DJ Turner to redshirt after DUI charge

Maryland football wide receiver DJ Turner against Temple on Sept. 14, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Maryland football wide receiver DJ Turner, who was charged with driving under the influence and 11 other traffic-related offenses Sept. 20, will redshirt to preserve a season of eligibility, coach Mike Locksley announced Wednesday.

Turner has missed the past three games — Penn State, Rutgers and Purdue — after playing in the Terps’ first three contests.

“We’re going to utilize the redshirt year that he has, allow him to continue to work on his issues off the field, which he’s doing a great job [with],” Locksley said, adding the team would “hopefully get him back next year to play.”

In 31 career games, Turner has 24 catches for 294 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown catch against Minnesota in 2018, his only offensive score as a Terp. Against Howard in Maryland’s season opener, Turner returned a punt for a touchdown.

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Without Turner, the Terps’ top slot receiver, Locksley’s squad has used wide receiver Sean Savoy in that role. The Virginia Tech transfer has caught five balls the last three weeks for a total of 47 yards.

Meanwhile, running back Anthony McFarland is day-to-day with a high ankle sprain sustained against Temple, which has limited him in practice since and seemed to slow him down against Purdue — he took four carries for four yards, missing the second half.

McFarland wasn’t on the field for the open portion of practice Wednesday, but Locksley said he came onto the field later following treatment. But even then, Maryland’s top runner isn’t getting carries during the week.

Locksley said the team has tried to limit his reps for the past three weeks.

“We’re trying to get him the mental work, not do the physical, and see how he feels come Thursday,” Locksley said. “Now we’ve been doing the extra treatment, we’ve got him on a feel-good plan, trying to get the swelling out and get him back to where he can play at 100 percent.”

Quarterback Josh Jackson, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Rutgers, returned to practice this week with a brace on his right ankle. The graduate transfer only featured in some drills during the open practice period, and Tyrrell Pigrome continued with the first-team offense.

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