Depleted Terps hold scrimmage

College football

August 13, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH | HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER

College Park -- While suspended Terps Jared Gaither and Jaimie Thomas watched from the Byrd Stadium bleachers, and a host of injured teammates stood on the sidelines, the Maryland football team pieced together its first scrimmage of the fall season.

Senior tackle Stephon Heyer, who missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, suffered a concussion at practice yesterday morning - despite coach Ralph Friedgen's instructions to have a non-contact session - and did not play. Also missing from the offensive line were center Phil Costa, who strained his back yesterday morning, Donnie Woods and Andrew Crummey. Thomas and Gaither, offensive linemen who violated team rules, will return Aug. 21.

"We've got a lot of guys out right now and this is the first time we've actually scrimmaged," Friedgen said. "It's the same old, same old every year, but I think there's a different attitude on this team. I'm encouraged in the fact we came out with some adversity and did some good things on both sides of the ball. ... I'm anxious to get the other kids back and see what happens."

The first-team offense, led by senior quarterback Sam Hollenbach, ran about 40 plays and the second team 28. Hollenbach completed seven of eight passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Junior running back Keon Lattimore, who has impressed Friedgen with several long runs at practices this week, rushed for 14 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught one pass - from backup quarterback Jordan Steffy - for 41 yards.

Note -- Former Maryland safety Hunter Reddick, who transferred from Navy last year, left school last week without telling Friedgen. Reddick had to get a C average to stay in school and didn't make it, Friedgen said. When Reddick didn't show up at practice last week, Friedgen said he was concerned. "I had someone go to his dorm room and all his clothes were gone," Friedgen said. "He just took off to California [he's from San Diego] and didn't tell me he was going or anything else." Reddick's absence moved former cornerback Jamari McCollough (Randallstown High) up to third string.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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