Arm is Sandwisch's biggest headache Status is unknown for W.Va. game

September 16, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- When University of Maryland senior starting quarterback Jim Sandwisch woke up yesterday morning, his throat hurt, he had a temperature of 101 and his head was spinning.

But Sandwisch was more worried about his right elbow and right shoulder, which he injured in the first half of Maryland's 31-17 loss to No. 18 Syracuse (2-0) on Saturday night at Byrd Stadium.

Sandwisch completed 14 of 25 passes for 87 yards before he was replaced by junior John Kaleo, an All-America transfer from Montgomery College-Rockville, to start the second half. Kaleo, 5 feet 11, completed eight of 19 passes for 83 yards and was intercepted three times.

Sandwisch spent most of yesterday in the training room applying heat to the sensitive areas. Early diagnosis had Sandwisch, a first-year starter, suffering from tendinitis. Sandwisch said he will see team doctor Stan Lavine today. Sandwisch's status for Saturday's game against West Virginia is questionable.

"Actually, my elbow was hurt before the season," Sandwisch said yesterday. "Then I took a shot in the Virginia game and hurt it. Then I hurt it again last night after taking a couple of shots. But I do feel better right now than I did last Tuesday."

"Right now, this is a day-to-day thing, seeing how it feels," Sandwisch said. "I expect to start, but we've still got nine games left, so I don't want to miss the remainder of the season because I got hurt in an early-season game."

Maryland coach Joe Krivak said: "We would like to know where Jimmy is [availability] early in the week. We had today off, so we really don't know where he is as far as throwing."

If Sandwisch can't play, Kaleo would start and true freshman Scott Milanovich, who has been impressive in practice, would be the No. 2 quarterback.

Krivak didn't seem too impressed by Kaleo's performance immediately after Saturday night's game, but after watching film yesterday, changed his mind.

"In all fairness to John, he didn't have a lot of time to do a lot of things back there. He took some hellacious shots," Krivak said. "We had a lot of breakdowns in the second half, both mentally and physically. Actually, he really only made one bad decision."

Krivak, though, didn't rule out the possibility of using the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Milanovich, from Butler, Pa., where he completed 114 of 226 passes for 1,520 yards. Milanovich has been impressive in practice. "Oh, we'll keep working him in there," Krivak said last night. "I didn't think about using Milanovich in the Syracuse game because it would have been like throwing him to the wolves."

Maryland's defense played well, but had trouble with Syracuse's freeze option in the first half (309 total yards in the first half, 53 in the second).

The Terps were still in the game until the final seven minutes, trailing 21-17.

The play that sealed the game was Syracuse wide receiver Shelby Hill's returning a punt 61 yards with six minutes left.

Only 39 seconds earlier, Syracuse's John Biskup had kicked a 43-yard field goal to complete a seven-play, 42-yard drive.

Another key play came on Maryland's second possession of the third quarter with the ball at the Terps' 5.

Kaleo dropped to pass on third-and-five, only to be pressured out of the pocket by left defensive tackle George Rooks. Kaleo, scrambling and being chased by three defenders in the end zone around the right side, tried to shuffle a pass, apparently trying to ground it. Instead, Orangemen linebacker John Lusardi slid, catching the ball for a touchdown that gave Syracuse a 21-14 lead, with 8:55 left in the quarter.

"The official made a good call, and the linebacker made a good play," Krivak said.

The loss put any national recognition for the Terps on hold. Maryland (1-1) had received a number of votes in several national polls after beating Virginia last week.

"It was definitely a great opportunity for us, but we didn't seize it," Sandwisch said.

NOTES: Terps RB Troy Jackson (ankle sprain) and RB Mark Mason (bruised shoulder) had injuries Saturday night, but both should be ready for Saturday's game against West Virginia. Starting SS Ron Reagan (pinched nerve in neck) and CB Mike Thomas (mild concussion) were wearing neck braces yesterday

and are expected to see Lavine today. Both were also hurt in the Syracuse game. . . . Neither highly acclaimed freshman RB Larry Washington of Randallstown nor RB Raphael Wall of Wilde Lake has played this season.

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