COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland's depth on defense continues to be the primary reason for the Terps' success this season.
It was evident in yesterday's 13-12 win against North Carolina State at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland senior inside linebacker Glenn Page, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading tackler (43 before yesterday's game), suffered a concussion in the first quarter and was taken to a Silver Spring hospital.
The hospital trip was a precautionary measure, Maryland officials said, and Page later was released. He will be re-evaluated today.
Page was replaced by sophomore Dave Marrone, who had three tackles. Senior inside and starting linebacker Scott Whittier, who did not start yesterday and was expected to see limited action because of a thigh injury, was forced into action and made a tackle. Sophomore Michael Jarmolowich, who also saw action at the inside position, had six tackles.
Maryland also was without big-play outside linebacker Jac Bradford (Wilde Lake High), who is nursing a sprained knee. The Terps moved their other starting outside linebacker, Greg Hines, to Bradford's spot, and inserted fifth-year player and former starter Karl Edwards (Aberdeen High).
Hines had six tackles and two sacks. Edwards had three tackles.
"That's the way this defense is," said Whittier. "One person goes down, and the other person picks up right where they left off."
Hines said playing the other side was no big adjustment. Bradford disagreed.
"Once you have been on one side, you're kind of used to taking hits with one shoulder," said Bradford. "Greg is a good ballplayer. He just doesn't want to admit it."
* Maryland wide receiver Barry Johnson doesn't necessarily care for the tag of possession receiver, P.R., and yesterday he had a chance to do away with it.
Johnson got behind N.C. State's defense early in the second quarter and caught a 48-yard option pass from running back Troy Jackson, only to get run down at the N.C. State 43.
"The pass was a little behind me," Johnson said jokingly, afte catching four passes for 89 yards. "I had to wait for it. But from now on, you guys can call me whatever you want."
* Maryland safety Mike Thomas recovered the fumble at midfield that set up Dan DeArmas' game-winning, 25-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.
Thomas also was the Terps' leading tackler yesterday, wit eight, and was the key player in stopping N.C. State's option offense.
"When I recovered the fumble, it was unbelievable," sai Thomas. "All I saw were hands and feet and people congratulating me."
Maryland defensive tackle Lubo Zizakovic said of Thomas fumble recovery: "All I saw were black jerseys around the ball. I said God, please let it be one of our guys that fell on it."
* Maryland sophomore running back Andre Vaughn (Oakland Mills) continues to be used gradually in the offense.
Vaughn, who had a recurring knee injury that caused him to miss the first two games, returned two kickoffs for 48 yards and had one carry for 2 yards.