Maryland RB Lorenzo Harrison medically retires from football

Andy Kwong

Maryland Terrapins running back Lorenzo Harrison announced that he has medically retired from the game of football.

Harrison was a former three-star recruit from DeMatha Catholic high school in Hyattsville, Maryland. He suffered a serious injury in game four of the Terrapins' 2019 schedule against Penn State. He tore his MCL and partially tore his ACL. It was his second straight year where he saw his season cut short due to a knee injury. The fourth-year running back undergone surgery last October. 

His first two seasons as a Terrapin was memorable. As a freshman in 2016, he had 88 carries for 633 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 7.2 yards per carry. He received even more touches in his sophomore campaign with 133 carries, 622 rushing yards, and three touchdowns.

Despite two quality seasons to begin his collegiate football career, he was limited to only five games the past two years due to injuries.

“Due to those circumstances which are far out of my control, I believe it is in my best interest to convert my focus from ball to the next great thing God has in store for me," said Harrison in his twitter announcement. "With that being said, I am medically retiring from the game that has given me everything I could ever ask for.” 

With Harrison's retirement from football along with Anthony McFarland. and Javon Leake declaring for the NFL Draft, Maryland seems to be short-handed at the running back position. Jake Funk will be returning from a season-ending injury that he suffered against Temple. Tayon Fleet-Davis and his troubles off the field clouds his future with the team.

It will be interesting to see how Maryland's running back situation plays out.