Maryland Terps

Maryland Terps

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- There were plenty of questions that needed to be asked Friday after Maryland’s 59-0 loss to Penn State. Head coach Mike Locksley chose to address one of those questions before reporters even got the chance.

“It was my decision to not play D.J.,” Locksley said during the opening remarks of his postgame press conference. “D.J. has to focus on the non-football things right now. I won’t get into or comment on anything further on that until I have more information.”

The fact that one of the team’s offensive weapons did not see a single snap in a game in which the Terps were dominated was certainly eyebrow-raising. Now we know why.

Turner was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 20, according to a report by the Washington Post. According to the report, “Turner was also charged with disobeying lawful order or direction of a police officer, reckless driving and other traffic violations. The case record indicates the offenses did not contribute to an accident or lead to personal injury.”

Turner is the team’s starting slot receiver. He has four catches for 84 yards this season, three punt returns for 107 yards and a touchdown and one 22-yard kickoff return.

This is not Turner’s first run-in with the law. In 2016, he and running back Lorenzo Harrison III were suspended over a BB gun incident, though chargers were eventually dropped. Both players were suspended four games.