With no chance of finishing with a wining record, Richmond football coach Jim Tait, has decide to go mostly with underclassmen the rest of the season.
Only five seniors will be in the starting lineup Saturday when the Spiders (3-6) host Maryland (5-4) at City Stadium.
"The young players have started to show some potential so I plan to stick with them," said Tait, in his fourth season as head coach.
The Richmond roster is loaded with former Washington-area stars. The leading rusher is Buster Jackson (Coolidge), who has 581 yards and two touchdowns. His former high school teamate, Demetri Kornegay, has rushed for 186 yards and is the Spider's leading scorer with four TDs.
The Spiders have won two of their last three games, including last week's 19-13 triumph over Furman, which was Richmond's third win four tries at home.Jackson gained 101 yards, the first time in the seniors career he has hit three figures in a game.
The Richmond defense has been generous and will surely be tested by a patchwork Maryland offensive unit.
Tait is aware of the Terrapin's injury problems but is nevertheless apprehensive about his team's chances.
"They lost key people to injuries but they've always been. They've just lost a couple more game," said Tait.
"They lost key people to injuries but I still consider them among the finest teams on the East Coast."
Linebacker Orlandus Branch and safety Jeff Nixon (Gar-Field), the spider's leading tacklers, will probably see a lot of tailback George Scott. The sophomore took over for the the injuried Steve Atkinds and Alvin Maddox and rushed for 237 yards on 42 carries, both school records, last week in the Terp's 19-13 victory over Villanova.
Other area starters for Richmond include defensive end Ray Chase (Great Mill); tackle Greg Mitchell (Anacostia); center Joe Kroger, guard Lou Bonato and punter Bruce Allen (Langley), son of Washington Redskin coach George Allen.
Maryland defeated Richmond, 31-7, in Byrd Stadium last season and holds a 10-5-2 series edge. Saturday's visit will mark the first appearance in Richmond for the Terps since they whipped Duke, 24-17, in the 1963 Tobacco Bowl game.
For those who compare scores. Maryland and Richmond have played two common opponents this year. West Virginiadefeated Maryland, 24-16, and Richmond, 36-0, white NorthCarolina stopped the Terps, 16-7, and blanked the spiders, 31-0.