Pickett, Dorleant Leave Maryland

Justus Pickett was the only Maryland running back to play in all 12 games this season.

Running back Justus Pickett and defensive back Makinton Dorleant are leaving Maryland, a team spokesman announced Monday.

Both players were granted releases from their scholarships and plan to leave the university at the end of the semester. They will not return to College Park.

Pickett is leaving the university to be closer to home due to a "family matter," according to the team spokesman. Where he transfers remains to be determined. Dorleant, meanwhile, looks poised to transfer to Northern Iowa. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back tweeted, "University of Northern Iowa Panther baby!" on Sunday afternoon and has changed his Twitter bio to say, "UNI 16."

During his two-year stint in College Park, Pickett played in 24 games and rushed the ball 143 times for 416 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Pickett accounted for the third-most amount of points for Maryland this season, behind only kicker Brad Craddock and wide receiver/return man Stefon Diggs. His departure leaves Maryland with Brandon Ross, Wes Brown and Albert Reid at running back.

Dorleant, a redshirt freshman from Naples, Fla., was primarily a special teams contributor this season. As a backup to Dexter McDougle at cornerback, Dorleant did see limited action on defense, recording four tackles. Dorleant's departure leaves Maryland with four cornerbacks who finished the season on the two-deep depth chart: McDougle, Jeremiah Johnson, Isaac Goins and Alvin Hill.

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