Maryland wide receiver Marcus Leak has withdrawn from school for personal reasons but plans to return in time for the spring semester.
Leak, who has two years of eligibility remaining, missed the final five games of the 2012 season and all of spring practice this year after suffering a broken toe.
“I have withdrawn from the University of Maryland and will return home to North Carolina to be with my family while I deal with some personal issues," Leak said in a statement released by the school. "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."
Leak started the first seven games last season for the Terrapins, collecting 23 catches for 393 yards, including touchdown receptions against Temple and West Virginia. Leak has 35 receptions for 478 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at Maryland.
Though listed at the bottom of the depth chart at the end of spring ball, a fully recovered Leak was expected to play a significant role opposite sophomore Stefon Diggs and junior college transfer Deon Long this season.
Instead, Leak's departure for the rest of the year makes it more likely that sophomore Nigel King will play a more substantial role for the Terps this fall. King had nine receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown last year, including season-highs in receptions (four) and yards (72) in Maryland's season-ending loss to North Carolina.
Leak's absence would also appear to open up possible playing time for sophomores Tyrek Cheeseboro and Levern Jacobs, redshirt freshmen Malcolm Culmer and Amba Etta and New Mexico transfer Daniel Adams.
Without Leak in the fold, Maryland has only 26 scholarship juniors and seniors on its roster as it heads into Edsall's third season.
--- Patrick Stevens