McBrien `remains unclear' for Sat.

Concussion could keep Terps QB on sideline against North Carolina

College Football

October 28, 2003|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

The status of Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien for Saturday's game against North Carolina "remains unclear," team officials said yesterday.

McBrien, a senior, suffered a concussion in the first half of the Terps' 7-3 loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday night, and he did not return in the second half. The team was hoping he would be ready to return to practice yesterday, and in its weekly football release, Maryland said McBrien would be back "without limitations."

That apparently changed late yesterday when the athletic department said McBrien would be listed as questionable for Saturday's homecoming game. Officials declined to comment further on McBrien's condition.

McBrien has started eight straight games this season and 22 straight overall for the Terps. This year, he has passed for 1,310 yards to go with six touchdowns and five interceptions.

Freshman Joel Statham was listed on the release as McBrien's backup this week. Senior Orlando Evans, who had previously backed up McBrien, was suspended for last week's game for violating team rules.

Next for Terps

Matchup: North Carolina (1-7, 0-4) vs. Maryland (5-3, 2-2)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

When: Saturday, noon

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Off the board

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