Evans adds to litany of woes QB has MRI on right knee

Maryland notebook

line problems are glaring

August 27, 1998|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Trey Evans had thrown only two passes in two seasons for the Maryland football team, and the junior backup quarterback wasn't exactly making a strong move for the No. 1 job in preseason drills.

But when Evans went down with an apparently serious right knee injury during the opening minutes of practice Tuesday, it cast another shadow over a Terrapins team that will need a lot of breaks this season to be competitive in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference.

Evans was carted off the field, limped into the training room and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging yesterday. A full report on the MRI will be released today.

Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said he braced himself for bad news after Evans was hit while rolling out toward the right sideline on a point-after play that went awry, thanks to a bad snap to Evans, who was the holder.

"It doesn't look good for Trey," said Vanderlinden moments after he walked off the field. "I need something to make me laugh."

A few minutes later, a sight on the Maryland practice field made Vanderlinden at least smile a little as the Sept. 5 season opener against James Madison at Byrd Stadium draws closer.

Vanderlinden saw freshman quarterbacks Calvin McCall and Randall Jones leaving the field together and talking about the day's practice.

McCall and Jones have been the two hottest quarterbacks in camp, and, since Evans' injury, are dead even for the No. 2 position behind Ken Mastrole.

Jones, a product of Thomas Johnson High in Frederick, and McCall, out of Orlando, Fla., have passed redshirt freshmen Erik Lipton and Gil Harris on the depth chart.

Thomas not in camp

Sophomore center Ben Thomas has been cleared by doctors to play this fall, but the 6-foot-2, 271-pound product of Moosic, Pa., has not yet reported to workouts because he and his family remain concerned about a heart condition that forced him to miss the end of spring drills last spring.

Thomas was projected to battle junior Eric Timothy for the No. 1 center spot this season after starting all 11 games last year as a redshirt freshman.

"He has some issues to resolve," Vanderlinden said. "I have no expectations as to when he will start working out."

Numerous injuries and the situation with Thomas have left Maryland so thin on the offensive line that Vanderlinden vowed this week: "I will never get caught short at that position again. I'm going out and recruit loads of offensive linemen."

The coach said he would sign at least six offensive linemen next spring.


Perennial national power Florida State will meet Maryland at Byrd Stadium on Oct. 3. It will be the first time that's happened since 1994, when the Seminoles rallied in the second half to crush the Terps, 52-20. Florida State leads the series, 8-0, with the past six wins coming since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1991. Even though Maryland is picked by almost everybody to finish last in the ACC this season, the Terps are scheduled for back-to-back tTC television appearances on the road -- Sept. 12 against Virginia and Sept. 19 against West Virginia. JP Sports will televise regionally the noon ACC opener at Virginia, and ESPN2 will air the 6 p.m. West Virginia encounter.

Pub Date: 8/27/98

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