Hollenbach to start

QB's recovery from sprained shoulder encourages Friedgen

Maryland Notebook

College Football

November 09, 2005|By HEATHER A. DINICH | HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland quarterback Sam Hollenbach, who sprained a joint in his left shoulder Oct. 20 against Virginia Tech and has played sparingly since, will start Saturday at North Carolina, coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday.

Hollenbach has not recovered to where he was before the injury, but Friedgen said he is capable of playing at "full capacity."

"Obviously we're concerned at how well he'll hold up, but I think we've been doing everything we've done before," Friedgen said. "I'm hoping he'll be able to run the whole [offense]. ... I think he's our best quarterback."

Hollenbach did not start against Florida State, and was limited to five snaps because he hurt his back. That injury has since healed, and Friedgen said Hollenbach's arm strength was tested at Monday's practice during a two-minute drill that started on the Terps' 5-yard line.

"He immediately made two very good throws that were up the field," Friedgen said. "He finally threw an interception, but he demonstrated his arm is back and he's ready to throw."

Friedgen looks ahead

Friedgen said last week's disciplinary problems, which included the suspension of three players for their involvement in a bar fight Nov. 1, are behind him.

"I'm not talking about it anymore," he said. "I think we've got to focus on football now."

Friedgen again declined to release the names of the players whose playing time will be affected throughout the remainder of the season.

"I don't do that," he said. "I haven't ever done that."

Friedgen said that receiver Drew Weatherly has a concussion and is questionable for Saturday. One of the players involved in the bar fight reportedly received a concussion, but Friedgen wouldn't discuss whether Weatherly was involved.

Injury updates

Senior receiver Jo Jo Walker didn't practice yesterday and is questionable with a leg injury he sustained in practice, Friedgen said. Milton Harris, who had a concussion against the Seminoles, practiced on Monday but won't participate in contact drills this week. Running back Keon Lattimore, who missed the last game with a shoulder injury, practiced full speed yesterday and is expected to be able to play Saturday.

Moore to start

Friedgen said redshirt sophomore Dre Moore will get his first career start Saturday at defensive tackle ahead of Jack Griffin. Moore, a native of Charlotte, N.C., will make his debut against the Tar Heels. He made a season-high six tackles against Virginia Tech and has 14 this season.

"The last three games he's really played very well," Friedgen said. "We think he has made enough progress to earn the starting position. It's more so what he has done than what Jack Griffin hasn't done. Both of them will continue to play, but right now Dre is playing the best."

Heyer looks to '06

Senior Stephon Heyer, who has been regarded as the team's top offensive lineman but missed this season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, said yesterday that he plans on returning to the team next fall instead of entering the NFL draft. Heyer said he will redshirt this year, but is likely to miss spring practice. He filed paperwork last year to see where he would be taken in the draft and was told he would be a third-round pick.

Heyer's return will make the left tackle position a little crowded. He hasn't played anywhere else, but 6-foot-9, 330-pound freshman Jared Gaither has quickly made an impression there.

"I'll play the five best players," Friedgen said. "When you have players like that, they can play guard or tackle, right or left."

Asked if he would be willing to move to another position on the line, Heyer responded: "I'm willing to stay where I am. I've been left tackle since I've been there. I can't see anything other than that, but I'm willing to help the team if need be."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

Maryland @North Carolina Saturday, noon, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Line: UNC by 2 1/2

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