Maryland senior linebacker Shane Cockerille (Gilman) is being held out of spring practice until he takes care of “responsibilities he needs to fulfill to remain an active member of this team,” second-year coach DJ Durkin said Thursday.
Durkin has not disclosed the issues that date back to December, when Cockerille was ruled ineligible to play in the team’s Quick Lane Bowl game against Boston College after being the team’s second-leading tackler last season.
It is not known whether Cockerille has been on the field since practice began this month, but a team spokesman said that Cockerille has not been on the field for the past “two or three practices.” Thursday’s practice was the fifth of 15 spring practices.
“He’s not practicing with us right now,” Durkin said. “It’ll be up to Shane as to how that goes in the future if he does rejoin us on a full-time basis.”
After redshirting in 2013, the former four-star quarterback prospect barely saw the field his first three years, shuttling between quarterback, fullback and special teams before being moved to linebacker last year. He started the first 12 games and finished with 108 tackles, two behind fellow linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr.
If he returns, Cockerille will face competition for his starting job from redshirt sophomore Isaiah Davis, who played well in Cockerille’s place in the bowl game loss to Boston College in Detroit. Davis, who tied Carter with a team-high seven tackles in the game, is the younger brother of former Terp standout Sean Davis, now a starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Terps also brought in junior Nick Underwood, who played two years at Riverside (Calif.) City College, and Bryce Brand, a three-star prospect from Detroit who played at the IMG Academy. Both Underwood and Brand are among the eight early enrollees currently practicing with the Terps.