Williams rewrites his comeback Terp in spotlight after 118-yard game Maryland notebook

November 09, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Another chapter in the Allen Williams comeback story was written Saturday.

Williams had a big junior year at Thomasville (Ga.) High, but his senior season was halted after one game by injuries he sustained in an auto accident.

"Sept. 2, 1990, a drunk driver pulled out in front of me on the highway," Williams said. "My truck rolled over eight times. I was thrown out the windshield on the third turn. I was in a coma, broke my ankle, spent three weeks in the hospital. They said I wouldn't play anymore that year, but I was back for the end of the season."

Williams spent two years in junior college, carrying the ball for Georgia Military, then signed last winter with Maryland. The Terps appeared to have an abundance of talent at superback coming into this season, so Williams was tried at safety, even though he last played defense as a sophomore end in high school.

He set a school record for kickoff return yards in the 70-7 loss to Penn State on Oct. 2, and began practicing with the offense the following week. Williams was limited to special-teams play at Georgia Tech, but got his first four carries against Duke on Oct. 16.

"Our offense is very complicated to learn, and it took a while for everything to click," Williams said. "I could only run certain plays against Duke, because I was still fuzzy on some of the offense."

Williams got only one carry two weeks ago at Clemson, but was ready when starting superback Mark Mason was injured on the Terps' first possession against Florida State last week. Williams was the beneficiary of a ball-control plan and a strong game from the offensive line, and became the first player this season to gain 100 yards against the No. 1 Seminoles.

Florida State rolled to a 49-20 victory, but Williams' 30 carries and 118 yards were both season highs for the Terps, and numbers he never expected.

Williams wasn't perfect, fumbling twice. The first came on first down at the Seminoles' 6-yard line and was recovered by quarterback Scott Milanovich, but in effect it ended a long drive in the first quarter. The second came in the third quarter, with the Terps trying to cut the difference back to one touchdown. The Seminoles recovered and moved 56 yards for the touchdown that broke the game open.

Maryland (1-8) goes to North Carolina State on Saturday, and yesterday coach Mark Duffner didn't say who would start at superback. Mason has been hindered since he turned an ankle in September, but he still leads the Terps with 552 yards.

Kameron Williams, Doug Burnett and Larry Washington, who took turns as No. 2 behind Mason, didn't get any carries against Florida State. Hampered by a groin pull that kept him from traveling to Clemson, Washington has had no carries in the past

three games.

Foley fills in admirably

Kevin Foley didn't dress for Clemson because of torn cartilage in his left knee, but he gave the Terps a lift last week. The redshirt freshman, who had played briefly against Penn State and Georgia Tech, filled in for Milanovich on one drive in each half, and drove the Terps 95 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and 77 yards in the fourth.

It was a .500 weekend for the Foley household. Brother Glenn Foley, who preceded Kevin as the quarterback at Cherry Hill (N.J.) East High, made his school-record 41st start for Boston College, and had a career-high 448 yards in a 48-34 win over Virginia Tech.

Despite Kevin's contributions, there's no quarterback controversy at Maryland. Despite attempting a season-low 19 passes, Milanovich threw his 19th and 20th touchdown passes, bettering Boomer Esiason's school record. Milanovich has completed 220 of 348 passes, a school-record rate of 63.2, for 2,839 yards. He needs 553 yards to reach the school record (3,392) set by John Kaleo last year.

Briefly

The Terps' average for yards allowed per game continues to drop, but they'll need to average 464.5 yards the next two weeks to avoid the NCAA record (536 yards) allowed by Kansas in 1988. Maryland is allowing 551.8 yards per game. . . . Wide receiver Jermaine Lewis and defensive tackle Madison Bradley remain doubtful for Saturday's game, but offensive guard Jade Dubis should return. . . . The way Duffner spoke yesterday, it's doubtful the Terps will attempt any more field goals. They're 1-for-8 for the season. John Milligan handled point-after kicks Saturday, and missed one.

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