Okanlawon's ailing hamstring has him `iffy' for Terps' opener

Running back Jordan to return to practice today

August 16, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Starting sophomore cornerback Tony Okanlawon is in danger of missing the season opener against Temple on Sept. 2 with a pulled hamstring, Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said yesterday.

"Tony is iffy for the first game," said Vanderlinden after a morning workout. "Hamstrings are so unpredictable and slow. He first pulled it in the summer and then re-pulled it early in our workouts."

Okanlawon was one of the most skilled players in the Maryland secondary as a true freshman last season, starting the final six games and breaking up three passes and forcing a fumble.

Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back LaMont Jordan missed yesterday's morning workout with a sprained shoulder but will return to the practice field today, Vanderlinden said.

There was a slight mix-up in the drills yesterday when sore-armed No. 1 quarterback Randall Jones was inadvertently allowed to throw a pass, one day after Vanderlinden had decided to hold Jones out of passing drills for a third straight day.

"I was mad that he was in there," Vanderlinden said. "He shouldn't have thrown that pass. We're resting him. His coach [quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson] shouldn't have let him out there. I don't think he had warmed up [Jones short-hopped the pass]."

NOTE: WBAL-AM (1090) has signed a three-year contract to broadcast all Maryland football and men's basketball games. WBAL has been the school's Baltimore flagship since 1984 for football and basketball. WTEM-AM (980) will continue to be the school's Washington flagship for football and WMAL-AM (630) remains the Washington flagship for men's basketball.

Pub Date: 8/16/99

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