Quarterback decision could go to game time

Hollenbach returns to practice, but he takes limited repetitions

Maryland notebook

College Football


COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland quarterback Sam Hollenbach returned to practice yesterday for the first time since injuring his left shoulder last Thursday, but lingering pain and limited mobility prevented the coaching staff from making any decision on whether he'll be able to start Saturday against No. 10-ranked Florida State.

"I wasn't disappointed with what he did today," Terps coach Ralph Friedgen said. "If everything had to happen, Joel's got the most work, we'd probably go there, but we'll see how [Hollenbach] is [today]. I'll take it right up to game time if I have to."

Friedgen has said Joel Statham, who was replaced last season after he threw 15 interceptions and eight touchdowns, will start against the Seminoles if Hollenbach can't.

Hollenbach, who has been going through about three hours of rehabilitation every day, made it through the whole practice but took only about three or four repetitions each period. The heavy bandage around his arm and shoulder restricted his throwing motion.

"I don't think it's anything that can get worse with the amount of pain that I have," Hollenbach said. "If I can get through the pain, I'll be all right.

"I really want to do the right thing for the team right now," he said. "I really hope I can be there and do the best I can and be 100 percent. When we get to Saturday, I guess we'll know."

Hollenbach sprained a joint in his left shoulder in last week's 28-9 loss to Virginia Tech. He threw two interceptions that day but backed away from saying whether the injury affected his performance.

"I don't really want to comment on that," Hollenbach said. "That was tough. I'm really not trying to look at that game right now."

Ball wins praise

Friedgen said running back Keon Lattimore probably won't play Saturday because of a partially dislocated joint in his shoulder. J.P. Humber was moved up from the scout team, but Friedgen said Lance Ball has been emerging as the featured back.

Ball leads the Terps with 80 carries for 421 yards - 149 more than his teammate, senior Mario Merrills. Ball is also averaging a team-high 5.3 yards per carry.

"When you look at the stats, Lance is far and above ahead of the other guys," Friedgen said.

Dickerson moves

Fullback Ricardo Dickerson has made the move - again - to defense. Dickerson, who made the transition from linebacker to fullback this past spring, approached Friedgen earlier in the week with outside linebackers coach Al Seamonson and asked to switch to the team's combination linebacker/defensive end position.

Friedgen said the staff was debating on whether to play freshman Barrod Heggs and use his redshirt or move Dickerson.

"The way Tim Cesa and Matt Deese have been playing right now, if that makes us a better football team, that's fine."

Et cetera

Senior tailback Josh Allen, who dislocated his left knee and tore his anterior cruiciate and lateral collateral ligaments in the season finale against Wake Forest, is expected to be ready for spring practice and return for his fifth year of eligibility, Friedgen said yesterday. ... Senior Stephon Heyer, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament this summer, is likely to return to the team next year instead of opting to enter the NFL draft, Friedgen said.


Maryland@No. 10 Florida State Saturday, 3:30 p.m., chs. 2, 7, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Line: Florida State by 17

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