Throat infection, not hurt arm, keeps Sandwisch out of action

September 17, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- The Jim Sandwisch Watch was uneventful yesterday.

Sandwisch, 6 feet 3, 206 pounds, the University of Maryland's starting quarterback who injured his throwing arm Saturday in a 31-17 loss to Syracuse, did not practice yesterday as the Terps (1-1) went through a light workout. Maryland plays West Virginia (2-1) Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

Sandwisch, a first-year senior starter, re-injured the elbow and shoulder of his right throwing arm Saturday night and was replaced by junior college All-American John Kaleo to start the second half.

The injury, though, did not cause Sandwisch to miss practice yesterday. He was sidelined with a bacterial infection in his throat and a temperature of 99, according to team trainer J. J. Bush. Sandwisch saw the team doctor yesterday and was given penicillin. He might practice today.

"I have no idea about our quarterback situation," said Krivak. "If Sandwisch is ready to go, he'll go. It depends on how many days he practices. All things equal, he'll be ready. If he isn't, then we'll go with John Kaleo. If he isn't ready to go, we'll go with Scott Milanovich. You have to go with what you got, and injuries are something you can't control."

Sandwisch, who practiced last week except for Tuesday, said Sunday his arm felt better, even though it wasn't 100 percent. Sandwisch seems more concerned about the sore throat even though a throat culture taken yesterday was negative.

"The doctor said once the fever goes down, I'll practice," said Sandwisch, a former walk-on. "We're going to take it day by day. The final decision will come down to coach Krivak, if he feels I'm ready or not. I've seemed to hit a spot of bad luck. My arm gets sore, then I come down with a cold. I've had to fight through things before, and I'll fight through this one."

In two games, Sandwisch has completed 29 of 49 passes for 212 yards with two interceptions. He was an effective 14 of 25 for 87 yards before being replaced by Kaleo, 5 feet 11, 199 pounds, Saturday night.

Kaleo, from Bowie and Montgomery College-Rockville, completed eight of 19 passes for 83 yards Saturday night but was intercepted three times. Milanovich, an impressive 6-foot-3, 210-pound true freshman from Butler, Pa., has yet to play in a college game.

"John has come a long way since the spring, when he didn't understand the offense at all," said Maryland quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Jerry Eisaman. "He made some mistakes on Saturday, but he graded out at 84 percent. A lot of times he moved the ball, but our team made dumb mistakes. It's good we gave him the game-type experience. He'll be even more ready the second time."

Kaleo said: "It wasn't the best of circumstances. But I'm not the type of player who gets down and can't get up. I know I can quarterback."

NOTES: Despite a number of injuries Saturday night, Bush said he expected all the Terps to play Saturday. . . . Maryland junior LB Mike Jarmolowich was named ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week yesterday. He had 17 tackles against Syracuse. Jarmolowich, a 6-2, 235-pounder from Union, N.J., was given the same honor a week ago after the Terps beat Virginia.

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