Jared Bernhardt Exploring Fifth Year Football Option

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According to multiple reports, Maryland senior attackman Jared Bernhardt will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal with the intention to play college football in 2020 as a fifth-year senior. Bernhardt would be following a similar path as 2019 Tewaaraton winner Pat Spencer who is playing basketball at Northwestern as a grad transfer this season. 

Last season, Bernhardt was named a Tewaaraton finalist and a USILA All-American for the third time in his career. Bernhardt tallied 78 points (51G/27A) last season with the Terps. 

Bernhardt played football in high school at Lake Brantley (Fla.) and was recruited to be an option quarterback at Navy, but elected to play lacrosse at Maryland just as his two older brothers, Jesse and Jake, both did. Bernhardt’s dad, who passed away in June after a hard-fought battle with cancer, worked as the Houston Texans’ director of football research and was involved in football for most of his career. 

Both of the older Bernhardt’s brothers currently play professional lacrosse and are DI assistant coaches. Jake, Vermont’s offensive coordinator, plays for Whipsnakes LC in the PLL and Jesse, Maryland’s defensive coordinator, plays for the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the MLL. 

Jared Bernhardt is expected to be one of Maryland’s offensive leaders again this season and should be in the race for the Tewaaraton Award again. Bernhardt and the Terps went 12-5 last season, losing in the NCAA quarterfinals to Virginia. 

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