Receiver Dean Richards is the only injured Maryland player coach Jerry Claiborne is reasonably sure will return for Saturday's game at Richmond.

Linebacker Brad Carr and tailbacks Steve Atkins and Preacher Maddox are still questionable. Quarterback Mark Manges, who had hoped to start a comeback about this time, had the cast removed from his throwing hand Saturday but Claiborne says Manges cannot even shake hands.

Defenseive back Doug Harbert, who broke his clavicle, runs every day but cannot work out. Receiver Jim Hagan, who hurt a knee in the second game, attends practices but does not work out.

Defensive tackle Ernie Salley had surgery for torn knee cartilage Monday, and leading receiver Vince Kinney is in the school's infirmary with a broken leg.

Saturday, the 5-4 Terps will play their first game of the year on artificial turf, a surface more likely than grass to cause injuries. Claiborne might consider it a moral victory if the Terps can finish the season the following Saturday against Virginia with 22 healthy bodies to put on the field.

On the bright side, Claiborne has had a look at some players who may figure prominently in Maryland's future.

Sophomore tailback George Scott, the man who is so quiet that Claiborne says, "He probably didn't say three words in practice all last week," will start against Richmond (3-6) after his record-setting performances of 42 carries for 237 yards last Saturday when Maryland beat Villanova, 19-13.

"There really wasn't anything spectacular about our game," said Claiborne, "with the exception of George Scott."

Scott, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Inwood, N.Y., could be a cornerstone of the Terp offense the next two years. Atkins has his final season next year to put together the kind of 11-week effort that everyone seems to be waiting for, but Scott may be better than an insurance policy.

Sophomore tackle Ed Galo, who has filled in for Salley, has amazed the coaching staff with his play. The Atlantic Coast Conference voted him rookie of the week for his performance against Villanova. Although he has started only two games, Gail is sixth in the tackle list with 73, just behind Salley.

Claiborne may also be contemplating changes in his kicking lineup. Extra points and field goals have worried Claiborne all year, and Ed Loncar is in a slump - missing two of three extra points last Saturday and a field goal the week before. Punter Mike Sochko can placekick and may do so for the first time this season. It's a decision that Claiborne will make on game day.

Claiborne added a rather unusual footnote to his press conference remarks yesterday.His son, Jonathan, is one of 11 student athletes in the nation picked to receive a $1,000 fellowship from the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame to pursue graduate studies.

Claiborne contrasted the scant attention paid to the news to the massive spread one, newspapers devoted last week to the story that four Maryland basketball players are on academic probation.

"I had to look hard to find it," Claiborne said of the article containing the news short about his son. "It's a sad state of affairs when kids on probation make more news than this."