QB Ward wows players, coaches with athleticism

November 08, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- According to Maryland players and coaches, Florida State's Charlie Ward is not only one of the best players in the country, but he is also perhaps the sport's best athlete.

Ward, a junior and the point guard for the school's basketball team, compiled 478 yards of total offense in the Seminoles' 69-21 win over the Terps yesterday.

Ward was nearly unstoppable, completing 26 of 37 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 83 yards.

After the game, Maryland coach Mark Duffner made sure he congratulated Ward.

"Charlie Ward was very effective. He scrambled and made things happen. He hit passes," said Duffner. "After the game, I went up to him and told him he was an exceptional athlete and really has his team going."

Maryland linebacker Mike Jarmolowich said: "Charlie Ward is the best athlete in college football right now."

Injury report

Maryland senior Marcus Badgett, one of the leading wide receivers in the country, did not catch a pass. Going into the game, Badgett was third in the nation in receptions per game with 7.33.

Badgett played only a couple of plays in the third quarter, testing a sprained ankle, but did not have the ability to cut.

Jarmolowich is nursing a stress fracture in his right foot but played the entire game and made eight tackles.

Other Maryland players who suffered injuries yesterday were defensive linemen Jaime Flores (sprained ankle), Jamie Bragg (sprained ankle) and Mark Sturdivant (back spasms). Also, long snapper Corey Holobetz dislocated his shoulder.

Cheering section

Maryland wide receiver Dan Prunzik had eight receptions for 119 yards, but he spent more of his energy working with the defense.

"I was trying to get behind them, cheer them on, because we were getting killed," said Prunzik.


During the course of the week, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden referred to Duffner as "Hugh" Duffner. . . . Of Florida State's 12 possessions, the Seminoles scored on 10. One possession ended the half, and the other ended at Maryland's 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, when the Terps finally held the Seminoles. . . . Prunzik is fourth on the Terps' all-time single-season reception list with 49. Senior Richie Harris, who had four receptions for 40 yards, including one for a 23-yard touchdown, is fifth with 47. . . . Maryland senior John Kaleo became the first quarterback in school history to go over 3,000 yards in total offense for a season. He is also the school's single-season leader in passing yards, with 2,974. . . . Florida State came out intending to pass. Ward didn't hand off to a running back until there was 3:15 left in the first period.

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