COLLEGE PARK -- For a while, Raphael Wall looked like his old self. He darted. He dodged. He accelerated.
He looked real good.
Wall, a sophomore from Wilde Lake High, rushed for 48 yards o10 carries in Maryland's 28-26 loss to Georgia Tech yesterday.
Wall was expected to play safety this season, but was moveback to running back this week after injuries to starter Mark Mason and No. 2 Larry Washington.
Wall rushed for more than 2,000 yards in his senior season at Wilde Lake.
"I got in a little groove there, feeling a little like my old self," saiWall. "But for me to be effective, I have to carry the ball about five times in a row. I need to get banged up a little, and that's when I get mad. It was kind of fun."
On the spot
Maryland players had all kinds of nicknames this week for junior Frank Wycheck, who converted from slot receiver to running back.
And after Wycheck's performance yesterday, Terps coach MarDuffner had the words Wycheck wanted to hear most.
"A job well done," said Duffner.
Wycheck, a converted tight end and H-back and the odd maout in Maryland's run-and-shoot offense this year, carried four times for 23 yards.
He also had three receptions for 27 yards.
"I took a lot of ribbing this week," said Wycheck. "They called mevery white fullback to play the game. Touchdown Tommy. Tom Rathman. John Riggins."
"I don't know how I looked, but I felt kind of weird," said Wycheck. "I'll be glad when Larry Washington [out with a knee injury] comes back."
Maryland's John Kaleo was sacked five times for 38 yards in losses. After the game, he could barely move.
When asked which part of his body didn't hurt, Kaleo replied: "My mouth."
Kaleo is now No. 9 on the Terps' single-season yardage list, having thrown for 1,674 after only six games. His 158 completions rank ninth for a single season, and his 257 attempts rank 10th. . . . Maryland senior LB Mike Jarmolowich, who had 11 tackles last night, is No. 5 on the Maryland career list with 361. . . . Maryland's loss to Georgia Tech left the Terps 0-3 in the ACC, but the three losses have been by a total of 19 points to Virginia, N.C. State and Georgia Tech. . . . Terps senior WR Richie Harris, from Mount St. Joseph, had seven receptions for 85 yards. Harris broke his personal mark of six, which was set against West Virginia earlier this season. . . . Maryland freshman WR Jermaine Lewis blocked a Georgia Tech punt and returned it for a touchdown. It was Maryland's first blocked punt for a TD since LB Doug Cox did it against Pittsburgh on Oct. 23, 1983. . . . Georgia Tech DT Coleman Rudolph had three sacks. Jahmal Cox, Tech's starting inside linebacker from Gilman, had eight tackles.