McBrien still hurting from concussion

Suffering with headaches for two weeks, QB says, `It bothers me all the time'

Maryland football notebook

November 12, 2003|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Scott McBrien isn't going to lie. More than two weeks later, his head still hurts.

"It bothers me all the time," said McBrien, who suffered a concussion in Maryland's 7-3 loss to Georgia Tech on Oct. 23. "Once the game gets going, my adrenaline takes over and I really can't feel it. But practicing is tough out here."

The cold weather hasn't helped matters, either.

"I didn't believe [the doctors] when they told me it would hurt once it got cold, but I feel like I have a rod in my head sometimes," McBrien said.

FOR THE RECORD - In yesterday's editions, an article on the University of Maryland football team incorrectly reported the nature of quarterback Scott McBrien's continued discomfort from injury. The article stated McBrien was still feeling the effects of a concussion. Actually, McBrien said he was bothered by lingering pain from a groin injury. A quote from McBrien should have read: " ... I feel like I have a rod in my leg sometimes."
The Sun regrets the error.

Strange as it sounds, that may not be bad news for Maryland heading into tomorrow's game against Virginia. McBrien shrugged off headaches leading up to the Terps' game against North Carolina and had the best performance of his career, throwing for 349 yards and four touchdowns (and running for two more) in a 59-21 win.

"It was a game that we all needed, myself personally, as well as this whole team," McBrien said. "We feel like we're peaking right now."

Though Maryland needs a win tomorrow to stay in contention for the Atlantic Coast Conference title, the game has added significance for the Terps' senior class. Maryland closes out the regular season with road games against N.C. State and Wake Forest, so tomorrow will be their final appearance at Byrd Stadium.

"I don't think it will hit me [for a while]," McBrien said. "I've only lost one game here at Byrd [to Florida State in 2002], and I want to keep it that way."

A different Thursday night

Tomorrow's game will have a much different feel to it than the last Thursday night game played in College Park. Last season, Maryland defeated Georgia Tech, 34-10, but only 41,766 showed up, the smallest crowd of the season.

Bad weather played a part, but the region was also on high alert because of the sniper shootings in the Washington area. John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested a week later and eventually charged in the shootings.

"I asked the state troopers before the game if I could wear a bullet-proof vest," said Terps coach Ralph Friedgen. "I figured I'm a pretty big target. They said the only thing that would do was stop the bullet from coming out the other side. I told them I'd wear two of them. It was a pretty tense game."

Maryland said it has about 800 tickets available for tomorrow's game, but the school expects a sellout.

Trophy on hold

As it turns out, the winner of tomorrow's game won't take home the Tydings Trophy after all. The tradition of exchanging the trophy, which was awarded to the winner of the Maryland-Virginia game in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, was supposed to start up again this year.

Early in the week, Maryland even OK'd a full-page story in its game programs explaining the tradition behind the trophy. Problem was, Virginia wasn't on board.

Maryland's media relations department says it was told at the last minute that Virginia president John T. Casteen wanted to hold off until next year.

Et cetera

Wide receiver Rich Parson, who has missed Maryland's past two games with an ankle injury, likely will play against Virginia. ... Friedgen said Ricardo Dickerson, who plays defensive end in passing situations, missed practice with a sore hamstring yesterday but should be able to play. ... Tomorrow's game will be the 68th meeting between the schools, the most between Maryland and any other school in the Terps' 111-year history. The schools have met every year since 1957.

Next for Terps

Matchup: Virginia (5-4, 3-3) vs. Maryland (6-3, 3-2)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

When: Tomorrow, 7:45 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPN/ WBAL (1090 AM)

Line: Maryland by 6

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