Terps' Jordan day-to-day for Ga. Tech

ACC's 3rd-leading rusher suffering sore hamstring

September 28, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- LaMont Jordan, the Atlantic Coast Conference's third leading rusher with 121 yards a game, has a sore right hamstring and is listed as day-to-day for 3-0 Maryland's clash with No. 9 Georgia Tech (2-1) Thursday night on ESPN.

Coach Ron Vanderlinden said yesterday that Jordan woke up with the hamstring bothering him yesterday morning.

"He was only half-speed in practice," Vanderlinden said. "I'd like to have him full speed for Georgia Tech, but if he can't go, we'll start either Mookie [Sikyala] or Bruce [Perry] at tailback. I have a lot of confidence in both those guys."

Jordan is coming off a career-high 164-yard rushing effort in a 33-0 romp over West Virginia 10 days ago.

Sikyala has not played since the season opener against Temple, when he rushed for 50 yards in seven minutes before suffering a sprained ankle. The junior transfer from Division II Tuskegee (Ala.) University could have played against West Virginia, but was held out and is now completely healthy.

Perry, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound freshman, has knifed through two opponents for 140 yards on 15 carries, giving him a 9.3-yard rushing average.

Pub Date: 9/28/99

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