Milanovich again gets call as Maryland QB Duffner says he also will play Cummings

October 02, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Because of an editing error, the status of the University of Maryland's quarterbacks was unclear in yesterday's editions. Coach Mark Duffner said it was not likely that he will alternate Scott Milanovich and Brian Cummings.

The Sun regrets the error.

Scott Milanovich is still Maryland's man at quarterback, despite last week's inauspicious return.

Coach Mark Duffner said last night that Milanovich will start again Saturday, when the Terps play an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Wake Forest.

Milanovich, a preseason All-American, was suspended for Maryland's first four games for violating the NCAA's rules against gambling on intercollegiate athletics, but started last Thursday at Georgia Tech, where a 31-3 loss bounced the Terps from the Associated Press Top 25. He replaced redshirt sophomore Brian Cummings, who had started while Maryland won its first four games and earned a No. 17 ranking.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

"We're going to start Milanovich, but we're preparing both to play," Duffner said.

Duffner said it was likely that he would alternate the two. Cummings probably will return to the short-yardage offense, which has been run by Orlando Strozier thus far this season.

Cummings did not play quarterback at all at Georgia Tech, and the following day Duffner disclosed that he had broken a sesamoid bone in a toe on his right foot in a 41-28 win over Duke the week before. Cummings left the season opener at Tulane with a sprained left ankle in the first quarter, and also bruised his right shoulder against Duke.

"Brian will visit the team orthopedist again [today]," Duffner said. "He was able to practice [yesterday]. He's got about 80 percent of his mobility. Looking back, the timing of Scott's return was a plus in preventing further injury to Brian. I don't know that any of these by themselves are serious injuries, but they add up."

Duffner admitted that the quarterback situation had been a major distraction in his team's preparation for Georgia Tech.

"In a short week, a lot of attention went into it," Duffner said. "Time was so short, any kind of attention could have been a detriment."

Milanovich struggled at Georgia Tech, but Wake Forest is the scene of his finest moment from his sophomore season. He drove the Terps 99 yards in the final 2:35 for the winning touchdown that averted the first 10-loss season in Maryland history.

Milanovich was sacked six times at Georgia Tech, threw an interception and lost a fumble. He engineered two drives that got the Terps touchdowns, but both were called back by penalties.

"It wasn't one person, we lost as a team," Duffner said. "It wasn't all Scott Milanovich, it was a little bit of everybody. We didn't get to 4-0 just because of the quarterback."

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