Injury could cost Ingram four weeks

Maryland notes

September 08, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland's offensive line, ZTC already hampered by injuries, suffered another when starting left tackle Steve Ingram suffered a spiral fracture in his right fibula during the third period of yesterday's 17-6 win over Virginia at Byrd Stadium. Early prognosis has Ingram out for almost four weeks.

Ingram, probably Maryland's second best offensive lineman next senior center Mitch Suplee, went down after a running play by halfback Troy Jackson with 8 minutes, 39 seconds left in the quarter.

Ingram, a sophomore, was transported to a nearby hospital in Takoma Park but later transferred by team trainer J.J. Bush to Sibley Hospital in Washington, where team doctor Stan Lavine is based.

Lavine is expected to make the final decision on Ingram today. The Terps already have suffered injuries to two starters: guard Ron Staffileno (ankle) and tackle Dave deBruin (knee) this season. DeBruin had to play for Ingram yesterday.

"I would just like to see our offensive line go two weeks without any injury," said Maryland coach Joe Krivak. "If we lose Ingram, we are going to lose a big part of that offensive line. He has the chance to be an outstanding player."

* Despite the injuries, Maryland's offensive line, which was suspect before this season, turned in a fine performance yesterday.

Maryland running backs Jackson and Mark Mason each had 96 yards on a combined 43 carries. The Terps did allow three sacks, but two of those were on broken assignments.

"We take a lot of pride in ourselves as a group," said Suplee. "We're a bunch of faces that no one recognizes, and we're going to keep working hard to prove ourselves."

* Local legislators were on hand as Maryland played its first game at renovated Byrd Stadium.

"The facilities are a real asset to the entire system, not only for recruiting, but for alumni support and it will enhance the university," said Prince George's County executive Parris N. Glendening.

"This is a great stadium and I'm happy to play a small part," said state comptroller Louis L. Goldstein. "This is an inspiration for all to come and for all to come back."

Goldstein also said he talked to Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Gene Corrigan last night about Maryland playing Navy within the near future.

"They play Wake Forest and Virginia. Why not Maryland?" said Goldstein. "It's a natural game."

* Maryland linebacker Mike Jarmolowich recovered Virginia quarterback Matt Blundin's fumble yesterday, one that appeared occur after Blundin was already down.

But Maryland cornerback Scott Rosen seemed to persuade the officials.

"The officials were all looking at each other like no one wanted to make the call," said Rosen. "I didn't want to make it seem like it wasn't a fumble, so I started jumping around like it was our ball. Hey, it worked."

* Both Mason and Jackson had injuries yesterday, Mason a bruised shoulder and Jackson a knee sprain, but they both finished the game.

"Coach wants to get us the ball as much as possible," said Mason. "I like this compared to last year when we threw the ball all over the field."

* Maryland defensive tackle Lubo Zizakovic helped set up the Cavaliers' second field goal, getting called for roughing the kicker on a punt from the Virginia 46-yard line on fourth and one.

Replays showed that Zizakovic was blocked into the punter, but didn't argue with officials.

"When they throw that flag, they aren't going to pick it up. Their minds are set," said Zizakovic. "I learned a long time ago that when you argue with an official about a penalty, the only thing you get is another one for talking too much."

* Most conference rivals try to avoid opening the season against an arch-rival, but Virginia coach George Welsh did not protest having to start the new year at College Park.

"Too much has been said about playing Maryland in the conference opener," he said. "That had nothing to do with our performance today."

* Welsh praised his rebuilt defense for a strong effort, but added, "we don't want people running outside on us as much as the Maryland backs did today."

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