Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin announced Tuesday that linebacker Isaiah Davis is suspended for this week’s game against Minnesota. Davis was ejected from last Saturday’s loss to Penn State after a late hit on Nittany Lions’ kicker Joey Julius.
Durkin said after the game that he would have removed Davis from the game himself had the penalty not caused the player’s immediate ejection (via the Testudo Times):
“If he wasn’t thrown out of the game, he was removed from the game by me. He would not have played another snap of the game in any phase. That is not our program. We will not do that. That message had been made and will be made even clearer now.”
It was the second straight week a player has been ejected for an illegal hit on Julius. Minnesota linebacker Jaylen Waters was tossed the week prior for going high on Julius during a kickoff. Davis’s similar infraction came after a kickoff had gone out of bounds.
Julius, listed at 260 pounds, is not your ordinary kicker. He made headlines earlier this season for levying this hit on Michigan return man Jourdan Lewis back in late September. He does not shy away from contact, which may explain why he has gotten mixed up with Davis and Waters in recent weeks.
The aforementioned loss to Penn State was Maryland’s first defeat of the season. The Terrapins will look to rebound this Saturday when they host Minnesota at noon, ET. The Golden Gophers (3-2) are coming off back-to-back losses against Penn State and Iowa.