Wilde Lake's Wall makes debut, putting aside redshirt plans

Terps notes C

November 03, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Maryland freshman running back Raphael Wall, from Wilde Lake High, made his debut in the Terps' 24-0 loss to North Carolina at Kenan Stadium yesterday.

Wall, 6 feet, 200 pounds, entered the game with 7 minutes, 6 seconds left in the first half. He rushed seven times for 20 yards, mostly on the outside.

He said he didn't mind giving up his redshirt year to play in the Terps' final four games.

"I didn't think I was going to play because I had told him [coach Joe Krivak] I wanted to redshirt," said Wall, who had 2,063 yards on 189 carries at Wilde Lake. "But he had been practicing me a lot during the week, and when he said I was going to play during the game, I told him I was ready to go. I wasn't that nervous."

Krivak said: "We're definitely going to use him more in these next three games."

* Wall's debut was overshadowed somewhat by another true freshman making his first appearance, North Carolina quarterback Jason Stanicek, whose older brother Pete used to play for the Orioles.

Stanicek, from Rich East High in Park Forest, Ill., completed 12 of 19 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. He was expected to be redshirted this season, but injuries and others' lack of success at the position forced him into a starting role.

He impressed his teammates.

"Jason came in and played a great game," said North Carolina tailback Natrone Means, who along with fullback William Henderson had 101 yards rushing. "He got himself out of a lot of situations with the blitzes and stuff. He gets out in the open field, and that helps us out a lot. When Jason is back there, he is a threat to run. And when William runs the way he did today, teams can't key on the tailbacks as much."

Stanicek threw for 2,030 yards and 20 touchdowns last season )) at Rich East High. He also ran for 530 yards and 10 touchdowns.

* Krivak replaced starting senior quarterback Jim Sandwisch with redshirt freshman Tony Scarpino with 7:10 left and Maryland down, 24-0.

The move was a bit surprising since junior John Kaleo has been the Terps' No. 2 quarterback all season.

"We just wanted to get Tony some work," said Krivak. "Obviously, we're not very good at quarterback at this time. Our quarterback situation is not the entire problem. We need help in other areas, and, hopefully, we can get some through recruiting."

Asked whether the Terps would play another true freshman this season, like quarterback Scott Milanovich, Krivak said: "I don't think so."

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