COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland junior linebacker Mike Jarmolowich, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading tackler, said there is "a slight chance" he might not play for the Terps next season.
Jarmolowich, who has 94 tackles this season, has an interest in playing in the NFL, but would not have to be an undergraduate case, because he is expected to graduate with a bachelor of science in speech communications in May. He still has a year of eligibility left in football.
Jarmolowich, 6 feet 2 and 232 pounds, from Union, N.J., has been the Terps' most consistent defensive performer. This is his first year as a full-time starter.
Jarmolowich said he has not received any of the standard pro football letters expressing any interest, or inquired about the services of a player agent.
"I'm pretty positive that I'll be here," said Jarmolowich. "I don't think anybody even knows about me. If the situation does come up, then I'll make my decision. It's not what the scouts say, but what they will do."
Maryland quarterback Neil O'Donnell, now in his second year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was in a similar situation after his junior season but elected to take post-graduate courses and play another season.
* Maryland defensive tackle Larry Webster, whom school officials have been pushing for All-America honors, played like one yesterday.
The 6-5, 268-pound senior from Elkton had only three tackles yesterday, but had two sacks despite being double- and triple-teamed. Webster, who has 29 tackles, had only one sack before yesterday.
"He may have played his best game of the year," said Maryland coach Joe Krivak.
Webster said: "I was due. I have had about an average season this year, but I've been double- and triple-teamed a lot. I got doubled up a lot today with the running back, but I didn't get frustrated and fought through a couple of times."
* Maryland place-kicker Dan DeArmas kicked a career-long, 50-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half. DeArmas, who also kicked a 26-yarder, said he felt good in practice all week.
He cleared the 50-yard kick by about 5 to 10 yards.
"I work outside the 50-yard line in practice, and I hit one from that far out earlier this week," said DeArmas. "My leg felt live and I knew I hit it good. I haven't felt this good about a kick since I hit the field goal that beat N.C. State last season."
Before yesterday, DeArmas had converted four of five field goals.
* Maryland, after North Carolina on Saturday, will begin what may be the toughest part of the season by closing out with Penn State, Clemson and N.C. State.
"We're just going to have to take it one game at a time," said Jarmolowich. "That's all we can do."
Maryland quarterback Jim Sandwisch said: "Maryland players have a tradition of not folding up and I don't expect any of our players to quit."
"Right now, I'm falling apart," said Maryland senior center Mitch Suplee, obviously shaken by the loss. "I'm going to need some Elmer's Glue to hold me together."
* The Terps reported no injuries yesterday.
* Frank Wycheck, who became Maryland's all-time single-season receiving leader as a freshman last year with 58, increased his career total to 88 with six for 50 yards against Duke. In one day he rose from a tie for ninth to No. 6, behind Greg Hill, who had 97 from 1982- 84.
* DeArmas extended the Terps' string of extra points to 176 with his success after the lone TD. The string, initiated in 1984, is an Atlantic Coast Conference record.
In his final season, tailback Troy Jackson finally reached the 1,000-yard plateau. His 55 yards yesterday increased his career total to 1,045.
* Senior quarterback David Brown on the Blue Devils' defensive effort against Maryland: "Best team defense I've seen at Duke in my career."
* Brown had some anxious moments in Blue Devils practices during the three-week layoff before yesterday's game. The team worked in shorts some days, yet still had light contact.
"I was scared I'd hurt a knee if a defensive guy rolled into me," he said. "Looking back, it helped because it was the only way we
got competition during that period.