Ingram ponders leaving Maryland

December 01, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Steve Ingram, a fifth-year junior who has led Maryland's offensive line the past two years, is testing his NFL draft prospects and could leave the Terps.

Ingram, 6 feet 5 and 300 pounds, yesterday wrote to the NFL advisory committee that evaluates the potential of players who want to leave college before their eligibility has expired. Ingram, a left tackle, said that if the evaluation is what he wants to hear, he's done playing for Maryland.

"The advisory committee tells you if they think you'll be drafted in the first two rounds, rounds three to seven or if you're not likely to be drafted at all," Ingram said. "If it looks like I'm not going to go in the first two rounds, I could hold off and get a better shot after my senior year."

The advisory committee comprises eight scouts, six from NFL teams and two from the scouting combines.

Sources familiar with the NFL draft doubted that the advisory committee would tell Ingram he could be drafted in the first two rounds.

Ingram is a criminal justice major who expects to get his degree next spring.

If he were to use his final year of eligibility, it would be as a graduate student. A 1989 graduate of DuVal High in Prince George's County, Ingram redshirted that year and was granted a medical hardship in 1991, when he broke his leg in the opener and missed the rest of the season.

Ingram and coach Mark Duffner discussed the possibility of his leaving Maryland early at the end of the 1992 season and again last spring, but both said the subject wasn't brought up again until last week, when Duffner began meeting with all his players.

"Obviously, we'd love to have him back, but Steve's already been here for five years and he's close to finishing his degree," Duffner said. "He hasn't said firmly that he's leaving."

For the past two years, Ingram has anchored the Terps line, which helped quarterbacks John Kaleo and Scott Milanovich set several passing records.

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