Wes Brown suspended for season

Maryland running back Wes Brown, who was suspended indefinitely last month after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, has been suspended for the entire season, the school announced Friday.

"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."

Earlier this week, prosecutors announced they would drop the charges against Brown because they believe he was resisting an unlawful arrest, something he is permitted to do.

A Baltimore Police spokesman told The Associated Press earlier this week that Brown remained a suspect in a non-fatal shooting in the city in June. Brown's attorney, Jason Shapiro, told The Washington Post that Brown was not involved in the incident.

Shapiro also told The Post that Brown's suspension could be shortened to one semester if his client meets unspecified "benchmarks."

"I will tell you, Wes is looking forward to hitting all of those benchmarks," Shapiro told the newspaper. "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."

Brown was the Terrapins' second leading rusher last year. He missed spring practice due to injury. The Terps will now rely on Brandon Ross and Albert Reid in the backfield.