Wall may be handed off to new position Maryland has many other running backs

August 04, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Maryland has so many quality running backs that coach Mark Duffner might switch former Wilde Lake High star Raphael Wall to another position.

"We're awfully strong there, so we might move one or two," Duffner said. "Wall can play a number of positions -- running back, slot back [receiver] or defensive back."

With the varsity players not due to report until Aug. 13, Duffner said the coaching staff is "still making decisions and nothing [is] final yet." But, he added, Wall, because of his versatility, has "great possibilities."

Wall did not debut as a freshman last year until the eighth game, against North Carolina. The next week, against Penn State, he returned nine kickoffs for a school-record 159 yards.

Playing in just three games, he gained 215 all-purpose yards (rushing, pass receiving and kick returns), a Maryland record for a true freshman, eclipsing Mark Mason's 180 in 1990.

Mason, who broke his leg in the fifth game last year and missed the rest of the season, heads the list of running backs. Duffner also has Doug Burnett, Larry Washington (Randallstown High) and Kameron Williams, who sat out last year after transferring from the University of Cincinnati.

Washington, who rushed for 195 yards as a freshman, was held out of spring practice for academic reasons. He is among the dozen players in summer school.

"He should be eligible to play this fall," Duffner said. "He'll probably stay at running back because of his size [215 pounds] and strength."

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