The University of Maryland quarterback derby has turned into a two-man race.
The Terps concluded their spring practice with a one-hour scrimmage and Duffner said junior John Kaleo and true freshman Scott Milanovich are the top candidates for the starting quarterback job in Duffner's run-and-shoot offense when preseason camp opens in August. Redshirt freshman Tony Scarpino is a distant third.
Spring practice began with six quarterbacks competing for the No. 1 role. Since then, freshman Greg Lister has quit, and Kaleo and Milanovich have beaten out the others.
"Those two guys have risen to the top, but I wouldn't count out Tony Scarpino," said Duffner. "We wanted to have three quarterbacks by the end of spring, and as of today, John and Scott have gotten more work with the first unit."
None of the quarterbacks excelled during tdhe informal scrimmage yesterday. But Kaleo seemed more comfortable running several facets of the offense, including the wishbone in short-yardage situations, and the option.
Kaleo, 6 feet and 190 pounds, is also more mobile than Milanovich and was the Terps' backup last year, mostly filling in on cleanup duty for starter Jim Sandwisch. Milanovich, though, seemed to be the quarterback of the future under former head coach Joe Krivak.
"I'm comfortable with the offense, but we've only had 15 practices," said Milanovich (6-3, 215), who is from Butler Pa. There are some things I know I can work on during the summer, and I'm already looking forward to two-a-day practices."
Kaleo, who ran a similar offense at Montgomery College-Rockville, said: "I think things went well for me in the spring. need to work more with my receivers because this offense involves a lot of reads and timing."
Two of the newcomers who impressed Duffner were running back Kameron Williams, a transfer from Cincinnati who will challenge sophomore Mark Mason for the starting job, and walk-on Erik Thompson, a 6-5, 212-pound tight end from Baltimore.
Maryland, which lost three starters from its defensive line from a year ago, seems set in its new lineup with junior defensive ends Dwight Sturdivant, Darren Colvin and junion tackles Darren Drozdov and Jim Panagos.
NOTES: G Dave DeBruin (knee), G Ron Staffileno (shoulder), WR Dan Prunzik (hamstring) and WR Jason Kremus (shoulder) missed yesterday's scrimmage because of injuries. . . . Because several reserve scholarship players have quit, Maryland is still chasing recruits. Three who may sign with the Terps are K Jason Wynn of Tallahassee, Fla., WR Al Thompson of Northeast Mississippi Junior College and DT Rob Robinson (6-3, 255) of Toronto's Michael Power High. . . . LB Archie Clark of Oakland Mills High is trying to re-enter Maryland by improving his grade-point average at Montgomery College.