Bob Milkovich, a 1976 All-Metropolitan quarterback at Wootton High School, connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Larry Gregory to hghlight the University of Maryland's first intersquad scrimmage yesterday in College Park.
Coach Jerry Claiborne said he was pleased with his team's performance and added, "The effort for the entire week has been very good. This team is stronger overall and it's obvious the players worked hard on weights during the summer."
Maryland's kicking game gave Claiborne reason to smile, as Ed Loncar booted field goals of 42 and 27 yards and Dale Castro, a 1977 graduate of Southern High School, in Harwood, Md., hit from 36 yards.
Steve Atkins scored the Terps' first touchdown with a five-yard burst around end, following a 15-yard gain by Alvin (Preacher) Maddox. Fullback Rick Fasano turned in the day's longest run, a 40-yard jaunt.
Howard University, which opened practice yesterday afternoon, is counting on strong performances from three returning seniors; wingback Steve Wilson, lineback James Graham and offensive tackle Thomas Spears.
Wilson is fourth on the all-time Mid-Eastern Conference pass receiving list with 66 catches. He needs 38 more this season to become No. 1.
Bison Coach Doug Porter believes his team has matured and is confident it will improve on last year's 5-5 showing. Porter labeled the offensive line as the only potential trouble spot, where he must compensate for the loss of three starters.
Navy formally opened training yesterday, with the emphasis on bolstering the defensive secondary (rover Gregg Milo is the only returning starter) and the offensive line.
Navy's strong point is its passing game with Bob Leszczynski returning as quarterback and seniors Phil McConkey and Sandy Jones resuming their wide receiver duties. Tight ends Carl Hendershot and Curt Gainer both lettermen in 1977, also return.