Maryland replaces five players for Big 33 Classic

The Baltimore Sun

With three days until Maryland's return to the Big 33 Football Classic for the first time since 1992, five replacement players for the team's roster were announced Wednesday.

Three Gilman defensive standouts -- lineman Henry Poggi, and linebackers Micah Kiser and Miles Norris -- won't play in the game. Neither will Severna Park's Mike Minter and Potomac's Marcus Pickens, according to a news release from the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Poggi and Kiser were selected as co-All-Metro Defensive Players of the Year last fall after leading the Greyhounds to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship, while Norris made the All-Metro first team.

No other details were immediately available for why the five players won't play in the game.

The five replacements for Maryland are Meade defensive lineman Malik Dorsey, Westminster linebacker Dan Johnson, St. Mary's linebacker Ben Hummer, Henry Wise linebacker D'Angelo Niler and Damascus defensive lineman Rashard Budd.

Dorsey, an All-Metro first-team selection last fall, is commited to Maine. Johnson, who will play at Johns Hopkins in the fall, also made the All-Metro first team as a senior.

Two changes to Pennsylvania's roster were also announced Wednesday.

Easton linebacker Austin Brown replaced Woodland Hills linebacker Alex Beasley, and Cumberland Valley linebacker Jeremy Salmon took the place of George Washington defensive back Marquis Edwards.

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