2 suspended Terps must earn jobs

August 19, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Maryland offensive linemen Jared Gaither and Jaimie Thomas will return to practice Monday from a two-week suspension for violating undisclosed team rules, but coach Ralph Friedgen said they're going to have to earn their starting spots back.

Gaither started eight games at left tackle last season but was moved to right tackle upon the return of senior Stephon Heyer. The combination of Gaither, at 6 feet 9, 350 pounds, and Heyer (6-6, 320) was expected to give the Terps a durable line. Thomas played in all 11 games and started one last year.

The two weren't allowed to practice with the team, so Dane Randolph and Donnie Woods have had time to impress Friedgen.

"To me, those other guys have earned the spot to play," Friedgen said. "I'm looking for them to come in and provide depth and work their way up. I'm not going to unseat Dane Randolph or Donnie Woods, who has been busting his butt with a pulled hamstring and everything else. ... They'll have to earn their spots."

Notes -- Friedgen gave Heyer, running back Josh Allen and linebacker Erin Henderson yesterday morning off so as to not push the recovery of the previously torn ligaments in their knees. ... Maryland's scrimmage this afternoon is closed to the public.

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