Maryland first-year football coach Mark Duffner, possibly still upset after Saturday's 34-33 loss to West Virginia, put his team through an unusual full-gear workout yesterday.
But the tough practice may have cost the Terps the services of junior starting slot receiver Frank Wycheck for Saturday's game against Penn State in University Park, Pa. Wycheck, the Terps' career receptions leader, sprained his neck after making a catch in practice.
The Terps usually practice in shorts on Monday.
Wycheck was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays that showed no serious injury. He will wear a collar, miss practice today and be re-evaluated tomorrow.
The status of starting offensive tackle David Dunne also is questionable for Saturday's game. Dunne sprained an ankle in the first half of the West Virginia game and did not play the second half.
Duffner also made a few defensive changes yesterday, although they may not be permanent. Senior inside linebacker Dave Marrone, who started all 11 games for the Terps last season but lost his position in spring practice, worked with the first team, replacing freshman Gene Green, who was moved to outside linebacker behind starter Cornell Rigby. Chad Wiestling, the No. 2 outside linebacker, was moved inside.
Also, senior Scott Rosen, the starting free safety, worked with the first team at right cornerback in place of Mike Lacy. If Rosen starts at cornerback, senior Andre Vaughn, from Oakland Mills High, likely will start at free safety. Vaughn has split playing time with Rosen at free safety.
Maryland (0-3) blew a 33-14 lead with nearly 15 minutes left against West Virginia. The Terps have had fourth-quarter leads in all three games.