Steve Atkins' 27-yard spirit around the outside for a touchdown, a 40-yard score gallop by Tim Brown after catching a short pass over the middle and strong throwing by quarterback Larry Dick highlighted the University of Maryland's first football scrimmage of the season yesterday at College Park.

"This was a teaching scrimmage," said Terrapin coach Jerry Claiborne. "We filmed it so the players could study it, especially the blocking schemes."

Claiborne expressed enthusiasm with his squad's first week of practice, saying the players reported in good condition. "The morale has been good and the attitude of the team is excellent, the best we've ever had."

Quarterback Mark Manges suited up but didn't participate because of a stomach ailment. He is expected to return to practice Monday.

Claiborne continued his practice of working the team in full equipment in the mornings and returned to shorts for the afternoon session. Maryland has only two days of two-a-day workouts remaining before classes begin Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Howard University also finished its first week of practice. Bison coach Doug Porter said he is convinced that the team enjoys the most depth and strength he has had in four years at Howard.

"Things are looking very promising so far," said Porter. "We have a spirited battle for the quarterback spot between Brian Thomas and Ronald Wilson, and James Chapman has been looking very sharp at tailback. He's come back bigger and more mature. We think he's going to show us some very good running this year."

Maryland plays its first game Sept. 10 at Clemson while Howard opens the same day against Florida A&M at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.