Terps QBs shine in spring finale

Redshirt freshman McCall sets sights on No. 1 job

May 01, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- It was only a spring game, but redshirt freshman quarterback Calvin McCall showed last night he was prepared to battle sophomore Randall Jones next fall for the No. 1 job at Maryland.

"I know I have to go through Randall to start," said McCall. "He started four games last year and that means a lot. But I know I've got game. The coaches know who can play and they're going to put the guy out there who can help us most to win."

McCall certainly doesn't lack confidence, and the 6-foot-3, 189-pound product of Orlando, Fla., backed up his words last night at Byrd Stadium.

He led the Black team on two touchdown drives in a 42-14 victory over the White squad in the annual spring game that completed four weeks of spring practice.

The White team was mostly made up of second-stringers and actually did not score a touchdown -- it was given a touchdown in each half in a duel with the first team.

No one had seen McCall in a game until last night since he sat out all of last season, but he showed an ability to scramble and also proved he was strong enough to stand in the pocket and throw the football with the defense swarming all around him.

McCall engineered scoring drives of 67 and 53 yards and completed 10 of 18 passes for 123 yards with one interception.

And Jones?

He had better stats than McCall, led four scoring marches for the Black, and displayed a much stronger passing arm than last season. Jones completed seven of 11 for 129 yards and two touchdowns and rushed three times for 33 yards.

Right now, Jones is No. 1, but McCall won't go away quietly.

"I'll be disappointed if I don't start," said McCall.

Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said, "Randall and Calvin both threw well off play-action and drop back. The Randall Jones you saw tonight is the one we've been seeing in practice this spring, but not the one you saw on the field last year. He has improved so much."

While McCall set the stage for a quarterback duel with Jones next fall, junior running back LaMont Jordan was his usual self last night, as he rambled through the White for 104 yards on nine carries.

Jordan broke one long gainer for 47 yards and is easily the best running back on the team.

But a new face emerged at tailback last night in junior Mukala Sikyala, who rushed for 32 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Sikyala was so impressive that Vanderlinden said he is "running close to No. 2 with Harold Westley, who was No. 2 last year."

Jones and McCall spread the passing wealth around to several receivers last night, with fullback Matt Kalapinski catching five for 40 yards and wide receivers Jermaine Arrington and Jason Hatala each catching four. Arrington had four catches for 92 yards and Hatala had four for 57.

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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