Defensive tackle John Sturdivant apparently has quit the Maryland football team, Coach Jerry Claiborne said yesterday.

Sturdivant, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore, walked out of the College Park workouts Tuesday and went home to Hampton, Va., to discuss his future with his parents.

Coaches had told Sturdivant he could return to campus yesterday and discuss with them the possibility of rejoining the team, but Sturdivant did not show up. He could not be reached at home for comment.

"He's off (the team)," said Claiborne. "We told him to make sure he wanted to meet the requirements of the program, and that if he wasn't positive about it, there was no reason to come back."

Tailback George Scott was back at practice yesterday after a shin bruise kept him out of Wednesday's work-outs.

The Terps will practice in pads for the first time this morning and plan a limited scrimmage tomorrow.Claiborne said the purpose of that work-out is to film younger players so the coaches can cut down to a manageable number the players they want to work with.

Ted Klaube, who as a senior defensive guard last year was the Terps' only All-ACC player, has returned to Maryland to attend school and assist the coaches, Jonathan Claiborne, the head coach's son and academic All-America safely who graduated last year, has been admitted to Duke law school.