Terps Varsity gets a workout at expense of Alumni, 18-13

April 18, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- There were assorted objectives for the Varsity-Alumni game that finished spring football practice at Maryland yesterday.

First, coach Mark Duffner wanted to revive an old Maryland tradition and one he used at Holy Cross, letting past and current players mix it up. The Varsity got out early and cruised to an 18-13 victory at Byrd Stadium, and the Alumni, other than Jerry Claiborne's team disagreeing with an official's call in the fourth quarter, seemed to enjoy what figures to become an annual event.

There was also the matter of Duffner's getting a look at some of his players in game conditions. Superback Mark Mason and linebacker Chad Wiestling, newly named captains along with defensive end Mark Sturdivant, were among the many starters who sat out, either resting injuries or as a precaution. There were unproven players who needed a platform, however, such as Andrew Carter.

Carter and Walt Williams were the forgotten half of a quarter of pass-catching recruits last fall. While Jermaine Lewis and Wade Inge got considerable playing time and combined for 56 catches, Carter and Williams were injured early and took redshirt years.

Before 3,500 fans yesterday, Carter got to display his talent. Scott Milanovich guided the Terps on first-quarter scoring drives of 55 and 77 yards, and Carter made an impression at inside receiver, catching four passes for 53 yards.

"I was kind of antsy," said Carter, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder from Stockton, Calif. "I dressed for games last year, but never played, and even though you feel excitement for the team, it's not the same thing. You tell the coach you understand the offense [run and shoot], but I feel I still have a lot of learning to do."

Milanovich, who will remain No. 1 on the depth chart when the Terps return to practice in August, worked one more series after the two touchdowns, then gave way to Kevin Foley in the second quarter. The freshman's first pass was a 41-yard bomb to Lewis, and his 10-yarder to Craig Fitzgerald on the next play was the Varsity's final score.

"It's important," Milanovich said about being the starting quarterback heading into next season. "Your teammates develop little more respect knowing that's the situation. It's hard to be a leader when you don't know who's starting."

Jim Sandwisch, the Terps' quarterback in 1991, guided the Alumni with touchdown passes to David Carr (1989) and Kevin Fowlkes (1990) in the first and fourth quarters, respectively. He had the best numbers of any quarterback, completing 10 of 14 for 141 yards.

The clock was rarely stopped during a second half that lasted 45 minutes -- the Varsity ran just 21 plays after Foley's touchdown pass -- but the Alumni didn't need any other allowances.

"The alumni were telling us last night how badly they were going to beat us," Milanovich said. "Today, Scott Tye [a defensive lineman from 1986] kept saying he was going to rip my head off. If we hadn't taken this thing seriously, they would have beaten us."

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