Terps ready to go without Sandwisch Halfback Jackson also questionable

September 19, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- Barring a major recovery, injured University of Maryland senior quarterback Jim Sandwisch will not play in Saturday's game against West Virginia at Byrd Stadium.

Also, senior starting halfback Troy Jackson is questionable after slightly pulling a left hamstring in practice yesterday.

Sandwisch, the Terps starter, practiced only lightly yesterday and did not throw for the third time this week. Head coach Joe Krivak said Tuesday that if Sandwisch did not practice yesterday, he probably would not play. Yesterday, Krivak would say only that a decision on Sandwisch would be made at game time, but admitted that Sandwisch would probably not play.

"Right now, I'm not optimistic," said Krivak. "We've given the nTC other two quarterbacks a lot of work, and it looks like we're going to go with what we have."

Junior John Kaleo, a 5-foot-11 190-pound All-American from Montgomery College-Rockville, will start in Sandwisch's place. If Kaleo falters early, the Terps will go with true freshman Scott Milanovich, 6-3, 210 pounds, from Butler, Pa., who has been impressive in practice.

Sandwisch, who has tendinitis in the elbow and shoulder of his right throwing arm, re-injured the arm in the first half of Saturday night's 31-17 loss to Syracuse. He was replaced by Kaleo to start the second half.

Maryland's situation at running back isn't as serious. If Jackson, who has 130 yards rushing on 37 carries, can't play, sophomore Mark Mason will handle most of the running load. Mason leads the team in rushing with 192 yards on 31 carries. Redshirt freshman Doug Burnett would become the No. 2 running back.

Burnett has yet to carry the ball this season.

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