Maryland Coach Jerry Claiborne on how he dealt with the first four-game losing streak the team has suffered in his eight years in College Park:

"I went home Sunday and read the paper and there was a story about a guy who had both legs amputated. All he talked about was getting out of the hospital and getting back to work. Then there was the story about the FBI guy who committed suicide.

"Heck, I don't have any real problems."

Claiborne may not have problems in the real world sense but in the football coaching world, he is still struggling. Unbelievably, it seems, his team's injury list continues to grow.

Already on the list and out for the season are Lloyd Burruss, Marlin Van Horn, Eric Sievers and Sammy Johnson. Ed Gall and John Baldante, out five and six weeks, respectively, are practicing, as is Chris Havener, out all season. All are still at least a week away from playing. Tom Burgess, who missed the Wake Forest game, will also miss the Duke game.

Offensive guard Kervin Wyatt has a twisted knee and is questionable for Saturday. Defensive guard Frank Kolencik had his ankle stepped on accidentally by Mike Tice running sprints Monday and is doubtful for Duke. Linebackers Darnell Dailey and Joe Wilkins are hobbling on bad ankles and are questionable. Defensive guard Greg Vanderhout has a sore knee.

Tailback Charlie Wysocki, who sat out last week because of a thigh injury, is still questionable. He ran yesterday but did not practice.

Fortunately for Claiborne and company the opponent this week is 2-3-1 Duke, the weakest team in the ACC. Even Claiborne, who could find something good to say about Charlie Brown's pitching, was hard-pressed yesterday to find something positive to say about Duke.

"They've been struggling to get in the victory column," he admitted.

And should provide the medicine this ailing Maryland team needs.

The Terps have won the last five meetings by a combined score of 173-39 and are 5-1 against the Blue Devils under Claiborne.

Maryland is last in the ACC in total offense, seventh in the rush, seventh in passing.