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Twin sophomore defensive backs leaving Maryland football program

Maryland sophomore defensive backs Elisha and Elijah Daniels announced Tuesday that they are leaving the program.

The twins wrote on Twitter that they will transfer elsewhere, with Elijah indicating that they will depart after Maryland’s fall semester.

Both appeared in games as true freshmen last season — Elijah even made one start at safety — but their contributions dropped off in 2017. Elijah appeared in five games and made one tackle, while Elisha played in two games and had one tackle.

With the exit of the former three-star Florida recruits, four players have left the Terps this season, all of them defensive backs. Junior college transfer Alex Woods and four-star freshman Markquese Bell previously announced that they would not return to College Park in 2018.

Starting safety Josh Woods (McDonogh) and backup senior safety Denzel Conyers are set to graduate, but Maryland will return experience elsewhere in its defensive backfield. Sophomore nickel back Antoine Brooks Jr., junior cornerback JC Jackson and junior safety Darnell Savage Jr. all received All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention, and sophomore cornerbacks Tino Ellis and Antwaine Richardson and junior cornerback RaVon Davis started a combined 13 games last season.

Florida State transfer Marcus Lewis, who will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Terps, and redshirt freshman Deon Jones, a former four-star recruit who redshirted in 2017, also are expected to be in the mix for playing time.

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