Freshman QB awaits word on Krivak

December 04, 1991|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent

COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland true freshman Scott Milanovich, hailed as the Terps' quarterback of the future, said he will wait for athletic director Andy Geiger's decision on the status of head coach Joe Krivak before deciding if he will remain at the school.

Milanovich, 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds from Butler High in Pennsylvania, redshirted this past season but was strongly considered for playing time by Krivak.

Geiger is evaluating the program and Krivak, who is in the first year of a renewed four-year contract worth $94,000 a season. Maryland went 2-9 this past season, its worst year since 1971, and Krivak has a 20-34-2 record in five years at the school.

"I'm trying not to worry about the situation too much," said Milanovich. "There's really not much I can do because it's not the players' decision. If they brought in a new coach, they might go to an option or a veer offense, which is not my strength.

"But if they bring in a new coach, I'll sit down with my dad and talk about the situation."

Milanovich was rated one of the best quarterbacks on the East Coast after the 1990 season, when he completed 114 of 226 passes for 1,520 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Milanovich was recruited by a number of colleges, and eventually chose Maryland over Pittsburgh because Krivak had produced such National Football League quarterbacks as the Cincinnati Bengals' Boomer Esiason, the Buffalo Bills' Frank Reich and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Neil O'Donnell.

All were straight dropback passers in Maryland's pro-style offense.

"My mother is real concerned about me transferring and using a year of eligibility, but my father is a high school coach and he knows how these things work," said Milanovich. "He knows we had a lot of injuries this season and it hurt the team. He's telling me to be patient."

Milanovich said he is surprised that Geiger is conducting an evaluation considering that Krivak was just given a four-year contract last November.

"Last year [assistant coach] Paul Tortorella told me the reason they didn't recruit me until late was because they were unsure about Coach Krivak's situation," said Milanovich. "Once he got the contract, they were sure he was going to be around for four years. Now all of this. . . . It was kind of unexpected."

Milanovich is just one freshman in a talented class that is regarded as the best under Krivak. True freshman Raphael Wall, from Wilde Lake High, has said he would consider leaving the school if Krivak was not retained. Larry Washington, a true freshman from Randallstown High, said he plans to stay at Maryland regardless of any changes. Washington and Wall, high school All-Americas, played for the Terps last season.

True freshman defensive lineman Rudy Smith also said he plans to remain at Maryland. Smith, 6-4 and 226 pounds from Stony Point, N.Y., redshirted this season. Maryland coaches have compared him to former defensive tackle Warren Powers, now a starter with the Denver Broncos.

"I made a commitment to play five years at Maryland, and I plan to honor it regardless of what happens," said Smith.

True freshman Tom Marchese, a promising 6-3, 195-pound quarterback from Dunmore, Pa., was unavailable for comment.

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