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Suspended Terps running back Wes Brown close to returning to school

Five months after being suspended from the University of Maryland following a confrontation with police, Terps running back Wes Brown has met the necessary requirements for readmission to the school and is expected to re-enroll for the spring semester, his attorney said Thursday night.

"The same people that suspended him have basically cleared him to come back," Jason Shapiro, his attorney, said.

"He's in, for all intents and purposes. He needs to dot some I's and cross some T's, for administrative reasons."

Brown, Maryland's second-leading rusher in 2012, was suspended in early August 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.

Shapiro said Brown "has done everything the university has asked him to," including speaking to youth football leagues about making appropriate life choices.

Maryland did not have any immediate comment Thursday night, since Brown's readmission has not yet been finalized.

But Brown tweeted Thursday: "Through the lords blessings! Thank you all who supported me on my journey!" The tweet included a photo montage featuring Brown's No. 4 jersey and the words "He's B[a]ck!"

Brown, one of Maryland's most promising young offensive players, rushed for 399 yards (4.2 per carry) as a true freshman in 2012. He missed the last two games with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

On July 3, police questioned Brown in College Park because his car had been linked to a nonfatal shooting in Baltimore, according to police documents. Brown resisted accompanying the detectives to headquarters and said he wanted to have at least one parent with him during questioning, the documents said. Police moved to take Brown into custody. The player was accused of then shoving a Baltimore police detective with two hands before taking off on foot.

But charges stemming from the police encounter were dropped by the Prince George's County State's Attorney's office, and Shapiro maintains Brown has no criminal culpability in the Baltimore investigation.

Brown is from Baltimore, but for part of his high school career lived with the family of one of his assistant coaches so that he could be closer to Good Counsel in Olney. He was a high school teammate of Terps star wide receiver-returner Stefon Diggs.

Without Brown, the Terps, who finished 7-6 this season after a Military Bowl loss to Marshall, ranked 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing, with 148.4 yards per game.

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