ATLANTA — 7/8 TC ATLANTA -- Maryland is expected to lose three players for substantial playing time because of injuries suffered in a 34-10 loss to Georgia Tech yesterday at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field.
Starting sophomore halfback Mark Mason, the team's leading rusher, will miss the remainder of the season with a non-displaced fracture of a bone in his right leg.
Starting left guard Kevin Arline could be out for three to four weeks with stretched knee ligaments, and No. 2 right cornerback and punt returner Mike Hopson could miss the same amount of time with a sprained right ankle.
The Terps already lost starters Steve Ingram (broken right leg), an offensive tackle, and cornerback Scott Rosen (hamstring and back problems) after the season opener against Virginia. Both are petitioning for medical redshirts from the NCAA.
"This is getting pretty depressing," said Maryland inside linebacker Mike Jarmolowich. "Every game it seems like we're losing a starter. Every game we're asking some of the backups to step in and play major roles."
* Georgia Tech quarterback Shawn Jones, who was performing below last year's national championship standards, battled the flu and performed well yesterday.
Jones needed a big game and so did Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets had lost their last two games to Clemson and North Carolina State.
Jones, who substituted frequently with backup Jeff Howard yesterday, completed 10 of 21 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns, including one of 82 yards, his longest.
"He really needed a game like that, but we've seen that coming," said Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross. "We chart our quarterbacks each week and this is the first week that he has been over 70 percent in pass completions during our practice periods. We really felt like things were starting to come together for him.
"We needed this win very badly," said Ross. "It will help us now. We're going to go back to taking it a day at a time. I feel more comfortable with that and I think our kids do, too."
* NOTES: Ross is 3-1 against Maryland since he left for Georgia Tech after the 1986 season. . . . Tech played without starting receivers Emmett Merchant and Tom Covington. . . . Jarmolowich led the Terps in tackles with 11. OL Mark Sturdivant had 8. DT Larry Webster, Maryland's All-America candidate, had 1. . . . The Terps were only 4-for-19 on third-down conversions. . . . Georgia Tech LB Marlon Williams cut Mason's season short when he blind-sided him yesterday on a screen pass. Williams said: "I just read the play. We practiced it all week, getting to the receiver on that play. I can't wait to see the play myself because everybody's talking about it." . . . Georgia Tech's victory was its 14th straight at home. Maryland has lost its last 2 games here. . . . Maryland QB John Kaleo played some yesterday, completing 3 of 8 passes for 63 yards with 1 interception. He did have a 46-yard completion to SE Marcus Badgett. . . . Maryland P Dan DeArmas kicked 10 times yesterday, averaging 41 yards.