Two starters from the 1991 Maryland football team were granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA yesterday on the basis of appeals made by them after debilitating injuries in last year's first game.
Senior cornerback Scott Rosen suffered back and leg injuries, and sophomore offensive tackle Steve Ingram broke his right leg in the Terps' opener against Virginia. Neither played the remainder of the season.
There still is some doubt about whether Rosen, 5 feet 11, 184 pounds, will return despite winning the appeal. The two-year starter has been invited to the NFL scouting combine next month in Indianapolis. Several Maryland players close to Rosen said he will return.
Rosen kept his options open last night.
"I haven't made a decision yet," said Rosen. "Once the semester starts on Monday, I'll meet with the coaches and see what is in my best interest. Then I'll make a decision."
Ingram, with the exception of senior center Mitch Suplee, was expected to be one of the Terps' best offensive linemen last year.
Ingram, 6-3, 253 pounds, was expected to be one of the Terps' best offensive linemen in 1991. He played regularly in all 11 games during the 1990 season and started one against Georgia Tech.
"I'm real happy to know that I have it," Ingram said of the extra year of eligibility. "I always thought I would get it, but I'm glad it's now over. I'm moving along fairly well in my rehabilitation, starting to run. Now it's just a matter of getting the soreness out. I'm not wearing a brace and I think I'll be ready for spring practice."