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Terps Running Back Jordan To Play

August 25, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ LaMont Jordan, the NCAA active rushing leader, has completed his academic requirements and is once again eligible to practice with the Maryland football team.

Jordan joined the team Friday after learning that he passed his summer school courses. Although he missed a week of practice, Jordan expects to be in top shape for the Sept. 9 opener.

``I had a number of academic obligations to complete. Now that those have been finished, I look forward to practice and our opening game against Temple,″ Jordan said.

The 5-foot-11 senior has 3,227 career yards rushing over three seasons. Last year he scored 16 touchdowns and set school records for yards rushing in a season (1,632) and game (306, against Virginia).

But until he received his grades Friday, there was serious doubt as to whether he would return for his final year of eligibility.

Jordan went through the same process last year. He returned in time to play in the season opener.

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