COLLEGE PARK -- Ever so slowly, Larry Washington is forcing his way into the minds of Maryland's coaching staff.
The freshman running back out of Randallstown High has been promised more work in the 2-5 Terps' game at North Carolina (4-3) Saturday. His most productive effort in the five games in which he has appeared was last week against Duke when he ran 10 times for 53 yards.
Asked if Washington would play more, coach Joe Krivak said, "Yeah, we'll take a look at him."
Running backs coach Paul Castonia was more expansive: "He'll play more, and sooner. He came on in the second quarter last week, and probably will play in the first quarter now. The last two weeks, Larry has given us a spark."
Washington ranks No. 4 on the Terps' rushing list with 116 yards behind Doug Burnett (122), Troy Jackson (306) and Mark Mason (470), who's out for the season with a broken leg. In his final season, Jackson finally reached 1,000 yards in the Duke game when he rushed for 55 to raise his career total to 1,025.
Jackson has been adequate, but he doesn't have the excitement and promise of Washington. Castonia smiled when asked why Washington won't start ahead of Jackson.
"Troy's been good, too, and he's a fifth-year man," Castonia said. "There's no need to abandon ship on Troy."
* Krivak is sticking with Jim Sandwisch at quarterback. The senior did not play well in the loss to Duke, repeatedly throwing into heavy coverage when other receivers were free and failing ++ to hit open men on a half-dozen occasions.
"We'll start Jimmy," Krivak said. "He played well against Wake Forest two weeks ago and not as well against Duke. But it hasn't affected his confidence."
Krivak tried to be charitable in his assessment of Sandwisch. Aside from the interceptions -- four of them -- he "played pretty good."
Then Krivak had to admit, "Three times we threw deep, behind the secondary, but overthrew. If we make any of those plays, it turns the game around."
* Andre Vaughn, the defensive back from Oakland Mills High, has missed the last two games with a sprained knee, but may be ready for North Carolina.
Krivak still shakes his head over the injuries to cornerback Scott Rosen (hamstring), offensive tackle Steve Ingram (broken leg) and Mason.
"I've never been with a team that lost three starters for the year as early as we did these guys," Krivak said.
Offensive guard Kevin Arline underwent knee surgery after the Georgia Tech game and also may be out for the year.
* The last time Maryland was 2-5 was in 1989. The Terps lost No. 6 (to Duke) before battering North Carolina, 38-0. They later tied Penn State.
* Maryland linebacker Mike Jarmolowich leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles with 96. He has led the Terps in tackles in every game, tying defensive back Doug Lawrence for high man against Pitt.