Maryland may have found the third tailback it needs to fill the vacancy created when leading rusher george Scott was declared out for the season with a leg injury.
Freshman Charlie Wysocki from Wilkes-barre, Pa. rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries, scored two touchdowns and had a 37-yard run called back during the Terrapins' scrimmage yesterday.
Defensive back Lloyd Burruss also had a fine afternoon, scoring on an 80-yard punt return, blocking a 30-yard field goal attempt by Ed Loncar and preventing a touchdown with a tackle at the four-yard line.
The quarterback question stayed the same as none of the four candidates stood out. Coach Jerry Claiborne felt the second-team offense, piloted by 6-foot-7 sophomore Mike Tice, performed the most consistently But Tice was one for five passing, for 16 yards.
The No. 2 offense was fueled primarily by the hard running of Wysocki, who ran on each of the five plays in a 21-yard scoring drive against the No. 1 defense. He scored on a one-yard run. Later in the scrimmage, he scored up the middle from five yards out.
Second-string tailback Alvin (Preacher) Maddox, running with the first-team offense, scored one touchdown on a four-yard run while rushing for 58 yards on 16 carries. Sophomore David Dixon, who will be challenging Wysocki for playing time, carried-22 times for 48 yards and scored on a one-yard run.
The Terps' top tailback, Steve Atkins, sat out the scrimmage with a jammed toe but is expected back Monday.
"Charlie is really coming along. He's really running good," said Claiborne. "Our second offensive unit moved the ball a little better than the first. It was mistakes that cost the first unit, fumbling on the one-yard line."
Claiborne was chagrined by the Terps' six fumbles, by six different players.
"Our backs are not bearing down when it comes to concentrating on holding the ball," said Claiborne. "It means they didn't have their minds where they were supposed to be."
Freshman defensive back David Taylor suffered a torn cartilage in a knee yesterday and will require surgery. He will be out for the year. Sophomore defensive guard Greg Vanderhout twisted the knee on which he had an operation last spring, but the injury did not appear to be serious.
Punters Dale Castro and John Papuchis were virtually even in performance yesterday, Castro averaging 41 yards on four kicks and Papuchis averaging 40 on three kicks. Papuchis had one blocked.
Tim O'Hare had the most lucrative day passing, completing six of nine for 94 yards. Bob Milkovich was three of four for 39 yeards and Dave McAfee was 0 for one.
In the race for the split end starting position left open by Vince Kinney, Junior Gary Ellis was the leading receiver with two catches for 55 yards.
Loncar and Castro each kicked two extra points.