While prosecutors in Prince George's County, Md., dropped assault charges against Maryland RB Wes Brown earlier this week, he still has been suspended from the university for at least the 2013 season, his attorney told The Baltimore Sun.
The Terps' second-leading rusher last season had been suspended by the school after the arrest in early July.
He had been charged with assaulting a police officer who was questioning him about a shooting. When the charges were dropped, a spokesman for the state attorney's office said prosecutors believed Brown was resisting an unlawful arrest, which he is permitted to do, instead of illegally assaulting an officer.
Brown rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman last season, when injuries limited him to eight games. He missed spring drills following shoulder surgery.
The unquestioned starting job now belongs to sophomore Brandon Ross (5-feet-10, 210 pounds), who led the team with 390 rushing yards last season despite playing in just six games because of hamstring injuries. Sophomore Albert Reid also will get numerous opportunities in fall camp, which begins Monday. He had a strong spring and rushed for 135 yards in Maryland's spring game.