With Terps' inexperience, Duffner looking for youth

Maryland notebook

August 22, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Only three of 18 true freshmen played in coach Mark Duffner's first season at Maryland, but that number could expand greatly in his second year with the Terps.

"I've never been associated with a team this young, at least not as a head coach," Duffner said.

"We're going to play the best players whoever they are, and there's a lot of talent in the younger classes. There are a lot of positions to be determined yet. The decision [on whether to red shirt freshmen] isn't made today, it's made as the season goes on," Duffner said.

Wide receivers Wade Inge and Jermaine Lewis and linebacker )) Tim Brown were the only true freshmen to play last year, but the Terps need immediate help from a recruiting class that was rated as high as the 21st best among the nation's 107 Division I-A teams.

Some decisions made in the first full week of practice were evident yesterday, when Duffner distributed a depth chart for the first time since practice opened Aug. 14 and the Terps held an inter-squad scrimmage at Byrd Stadium.

Unfamiliar names on defense

It's telling that classes weren't included on the defensive depth chart. The Terps defense is going to be green a year after a 3-8 season in which it set several marks for futility.

Going two-deep, 12 of the 23 names on defense have never played in a Division I-A game. Three redshirt freshmen and a junior-college transfer are close to securing starting jobs, and the two-deep list also includes four true freshmen, who won't attend their first college classes until Sept. 7, three days after Maryland opens at Byrd Stadium against Virginia.

Newcomers figure prominently in the secondary. Redshirt freshman Orlando Strozier has the corner back spot left open by the academic ineligibility of Mike Lacy, and true freshmen are listed as the back-ups at three spots: corners Mancel Johnson and Andre Martin and free safety Lamont Gore. The other reserve is junior-college transfer Allen Williams, who's behind Raphael Wall at roverback.

Martin and Wall were teammates at Wilde Lake High three years ago. They were supposed to be reunited last year, but Martin needed a year of prep school to qualify for freshman eligibility.

One of the few seniors starting on defense will be outside linebacker Jaime Flores (Poly).

Some experience on offense

The offensive depth chart is stocked with sophomores and juniors who played last year.

Jason Kremus, a senior wide receiver who missed all but one game in 1992 with a hamstring injury, is a veteran who has been a frequent recipient of Duffner's praise.

He's in a receiving corps that includes only one other upperclassman.

Scott Milanovich, the redshirt sophomore who is the Terps' No. 1 quarterback, says he thinks there won't be a drop-off in offensive production, despite the loss of John Kaleo and the top four pass-catchers.

"We're twice as confident as we were last year," Milanovich said. "We're confident in our reads and in our routes.

"The good thing about a young team is that maybe we're a little naive. We're not in awe of Florida State, Penn State," Milanovich said.

Calicchio gets kicking job

Lonny Calicchio, a junior college transfer from Northwest Mississippi, will do the punting and place-kicking, Duffner said.

"He's put himself in position to do both those chores," Duffner said.

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