Suspended Maryland running back Wes Brown has been reinstated by the school, his attorney said Friday.

“It’s official. He has been reinstated,” attorney Jason Shapiro said.

The move by the school had been expected.

Brown, Maryland's second-leading rusher in 2012, was suspended in early August following a confrontation with police and missed the entire 2013 season. He was told that if he reached certain benchmarks, some related to community service, he would be eligible to come back to school after the fall semester. Otherwise, the suspension was to last a full year.

Brown has a chance to be an important player for the Terps in their first Big Ten season.

When he arrived at Maryland, he was basically the other "skill position" recruit from Good Counsel. Stefon Diggs,  his high-school teammate, got most of the attention.

I remember talking to Brown on media day of his freshman season in 2012. Athletic department staff taped a name tag to Brown's chair for the benefit of reporters. But Brown was like a store unable to attract business on a busy commercial street. Many media members bypassed Brown and made their way instead to Diggs.

Diggs is the real deal, of course. But Brown had a pretty good first year, too, rushing for 399 yards (4.2 per carry) as a true freshman. He missed the last two games with a torn labrum. At 210 pounds, he’s a big tailback with good speed for his size.

Without Brown, the Terps ranked 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing, with 148.4 yards per game.

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