Wes Brown has accepted a one-year suspension from the University of Maryland, which will force him to miss the entire 2013 season. The sophomore running back was charged with felony wiretapping, second-degree assault and theft of less than $1,000 after an incident with University of Maryland police in early July.
Prince George County prosecutors dropped all charges against Brown, but the school's judicial system handed the Terps' running back a suspension for a violation of the student code of conduct.
"We support the University of Maryland's decision," coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. "I have spoken with Wes. He accepts the sanctions and understands what is expected of him moving forward."
Brown's attorney, Jason Shapiro, told the Washington Post there is a possibility the suspension can be shortened to one semester if certain "benchmarks" are met.
"He indicated to me that he is willing to accept this," Shapiro said. "I will tell you, Wes is looking forward to hitting all of those benchmarks. He has accepted full responsibility for any of his actions, despite the fact that, as the state's attorney's office states, his actions were predicated upon an attempted unlawful arrest. He is still accepting the university's punishment regarding his behavior.
"He is sorry that he will not be on the field with his teammates. He misses the camaraderie of the team and misses the discipline of the coaches. He truly does. I know a lot of people think, who'd miss that? But he does. He likes to have his life in order."
If the suspension is shortened, Brown could rejoin his teammates for spring practice in 2014.
Brown rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2012, leading the team in carries despite missing the final three games due to injury. He sat out spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery.
It is possible that Brown will attempt to redshirt the 2013 season, leaving him three years of eligibility when he rejoins the team. But the first obstacle for Brown and his advisers is shortening the school's suspension.