Maryland Terrapins WR Marcus Leak released a statement Thursday saying he would be leaving the school for personal reasons but intends to return after the 2013 football season.
“I would like to thank Coach (Randy) Edsall, my teammates and the rest of the Maryland football program for their continued support as I work through these personal matters. It is my intention to return to College Park in January. I look forward to rejoining my teammates and continuing my education at the University of Maryland.”
The reasons for Leak’s withdrawal are not currently known. Leak played in just seven games in 2012 before missing the rest of the season with a toe injury. In his seven games, Leak hauled in 23 catches for 393 yards and two TD’s.
Dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate Stefon Diggs (sophomore) is expected to be the Terps’ top receiver in 2013. Iowa Western transfer Deon Long (junior), a former New Mexico player, will be expected to shoulder more of a load as well in Leak’s absence. Sophomores Nigel King and Tyrek Cheeseboro (Milford Mill) will also be expected to more up on the receiver depth chart.
If Leak does return to College Park after the season, he would have two years of eligibility remaining.