McBrien practices, says he's ready

Terps QB says recovery from concussion complete

College Football

October 30, 2003|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien practiced yesterday for the first time this week, and afterward declared himself ready to play in Saturday's homecoming game against North Carolina.

McBrien said he had a magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday morning to determine if there were any lingering effects from the concussion he sustained Oct. 23 against Georgia Tech, and that he was given a clean bill of health.

After sitting out the previous two days, he admitted that playing again was somewhat therapeutic.

"It's bad because it's not something where you can just suck it up and play through it," McBrien said. "It's not like a twisted ankle. It was something I couldn't control."

Terps coach Ralph Friedgen said he was pleased, but not surprised McBrien was back.

"I said all along I thought he would play," Friedgen said. "He just had to get cleared from the doctor. His MRI said things were OK, and I guess the headaches have stopped."

McBrien's recovery wasn't particularly pleasant. On the flight home from Atlanta, Maryland's medical staff wouldn't let him sleep for more than a few hours, so each time he dozed off, someone would come by and punch him in the arm until he woke up.

On Sunday, he tried to run with the team, but experienced painful headaches after the workout. Monday, his headaches were less painful, but still a problem.

McBrien said he doesn't think missing two days will affect him that much.

"Today, my timing was pretty good," he said. "I haven't missed enough time to where that's a problem. I know the game plan and now it's just a matter of going out and executing."

McBrien has started 22 straight games at Maryland and has passed for 1,310 yards this season, including six touchdowns and five interceptions.

NOTES: Around 600 tickets remain for Saturday's game, which is expected to be the Terps' fourth sellout of the season. ... Rich Parson, who missed the Georgia Tech game with a sprained ankle, didn't practice yesterday after re-aggravating the injury and may miss his second straight game. ... Friedgen said Bruce Perry will most likely start this week against the Tar Heels. Perry had 75 yards on 17 carries against Georgia Tech. ... Maryland is 48-18-2 in its history in homecoming games.

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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