By Zac Ellis
Maryland running back Wes Brown has been suspended for the full 2013 academic year, a source told TerrapinStationMD.com.
Brown was arrested after an altercation with police on July 3. He was charged with second-degree assault, theft under $1,000 and illegal use of wiretapping, but those charges were dropped earlier this week. Brown remains a "person of interest" in a non-fatal Baltimore-area shooting.
The suspension was handed down by the university -- not by the football program -- and Brown has accepted it. A report from the Baltimore Sun says he agreed to the deal.
Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports that Brown may have the option to return to school in January if he meets certain benchmarks, though he'll miss the entire 2013 season:
Brown's suspension certainly takes a toll on the Terps' depth in the backfield. Sophomores Brandon Ross and Albert Reid will now compete for first-team reps, and redshirt freshman Joe Riddle will vie for carries as well. Ross was Maryland's leading rusher with 85 carries for 390 yards in 2012. Brown exited spring practice as the co-starter at running back with Ross and Reid. The Terps’ second-leading rusher last season, Brown tallied 382 yards and two touchdowns despite missing time with various injuries. Maryland averaged just 103 yards per game on the ground last season, 10th in the ACC and 112th nationally.