Milanovich back, but not No. 1 yet

April 12, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- A violation of team policy cost Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich a two-week suspension and the top spot on the Terps' depth chart, a position he set out to win back yesterday.

The suspension of Milanovich for an unspecified violation was announced March 29, just before the start of spring practice. Yesterday's workout was the first time Milanovich had been on a field with his teammates since Nov. 20, when he drove the Terps 99 yards in the last two minutes for 33-32 victory at Wake Forest.

In Milanovich's absence, red-shirt freshman Kevin Foley ran with the first team.

"Foley looked real good in our first major scrimmage last Saturday," coach Mark Duffner said. "I think Milanovich will get back in the swing of things very swiftly, but right now, Foley's No. 1. Competition will take over and decide what happens."

As a red-shirt sophomore last season, Milanovich set school records in passing yardage (3,499), touchdown passes (27), completion percentage (.647, 296 for 431) and punting (43.8-yard average).

Duffner is adding two-back and tight-end sets to the Terps' run-and-shoot attack, but Milanovich was confident he could make up for lost time.

"We put in a lot of new stuff, but I wasn't totally clue-less," Milanovich said.

"If I had practiced for two weeks, I'm sure I'd be sharper, but I think today went well."

The Terps will have two scrimmages before concluding spring practice with their second annual Alumni Game April 23.

Duffner said that each practice counts in the competition, and that the quarterbacks will be evaluated after the scrimmages and Alumni Game.

Besides Foley, Duffner had high marks from last Saturday's scrimmage for freshman running back Brian Underwood; junior running back Larry Washington, who carried 11 times for 88 yards; offensive lineman Dave Hack; wide receiver Richard Roberts; and safety Angel Guerra.

The safety positions are in flux. Wide receivers Wade Inge and Jermaine Stewart are being experimented with there, and junior Raphael Wall, a starter last season, injured a shoulder last week. Duffner said Wall may need surgery.

Jack Scarbath, who quarterbacked the Terps to a national title in 1951 and was an All-American in 1952, will coach the opposition in the Alumni game. Former assistant coach Gib Romaine will oversee the defense, and former quarterback Stan Gelbaugh the offense.

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