Inability to pass hurts Towson State New quarterback still finding his way

September 18, 1991|By Jeff Fletcher

The numbers jump right out of the game statistics.

Towson State completed one pass in the Tigers' season-opening 10-8 loss to Boston University Saturday night. One pass in three attempts for eight yards.

"I think our inability to throw was a real factor," Towson coach Phil Albert said Monday.

The Tigers also lost four fumbles. But maybe defenses can hit a little harder and pop the ball loose a little more often when they know what's coming. Or, more specifically, what's not coming. Like a pass.

The reason for the Tigers' lack-luster passing begins with quarterback Gary Worthington, who isn't really a quarterback. A team co-captain, Worthington was a defensive standout in his first three seasons, playing three linebacker positions and two in the secondary.

According to the Tigers media guide, Worthington was a "probable starter at strong safety but will start wherever the team needs him."

Even at quarterback.

Worthington, a senior from West Berlin, N.J., listed quarterback among the several positions he played in high school. After last season, Towson's returning quarterbacks included a sophomore, a red-shirt freshman and a walk-on.

Albert chose none of the above. He instead went for the "best athlete" on the team. It was Worthington. But he's being worked slowly into throwing the ball. The attempts, completions and passing yards Saturday were Towson records for inactivity.

"It's just a matter of him gaining a little more confidence," Albert said. "No matter how hard you try to simulate [game situations], unless you get him in a game, you can't do it. As the game progressed, Gary had to concentrate on so many things that I think he wasn't confident and we weren't confident as a staff to drop back and throw the ball."

This Saturday Towson will play host to Delaware State, a team that ended Youngstown State's 15-game, regular-season winning streak last week.

* SALISBURY STATE: Offensive tackle Mark Craemer (Milford Mill) went down with a knee injury in the third quarter of the Sea Gulls opener -- a 10-5 loss to C. W. Post Saturday. A Salisbury tri-captain, Craemer saw the doctor Monday. He will miss at least this Saturday's game against Methodist.

* FROSTBURG STATE: Linebacker Keith Kierzkowski suffered an injury to his left knee early in the Bobcats' 29-7 victory over Catholic on Saturday. Although the injury is not as serious as it was first thought, Kierzkowski will miss at least this week's home game against Thiel.

* MORGAN STATE: Slot back Sean Nelson (sore back) is listed as possible for this weekend's game against Youngstown State. Offensive guards Carlos Rice (left knee injury) and Scott Nelson (left knee injury) will miss the next three to four weeks. Morgan State dropped to the bottom of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 38-6 loss to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

* BOWIE STATE: Running back Marcus Roberson, who had been primarily returning kicks for the Bulldogs, broke his ankle in the third quarter of Bowie's 17-14 victory over Hampton. Roberson will miss the rest of the season.

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