Moments after he had watched the White team beat the Red team, 20-7, yesterday, highlighted by an 81-yard Brent DeWitz-to-Jan Carinci pass, Maryland football Coach Jerry Clairborne talked about the same problem that plagued the Terps last fall: the pass offense -- or lack thereof.
"I don't know why but all our quarterbacks are throwing the ball high," Clairborne said. "We've looked at them on film, worked with them in the gym and still, it's the same problem. I hope they do a lot of work over the summer throwing the football on their own."
Mike Tice, expected to be Maryland's starting quarterback this fall, threw only nine passes in almost three quarters of work, completing three, with two being intercepted. DeWitz, who ran the White team most of the day, was five for 12 for 110 yards -- 81 of them coming on the bomb to Carinci, which broke a 7-7 tie with 4:29 to play.
Bob Mikovich and Boomer Esiason, both bothered by injuries this spring, also did some quarterbacking, with about the same results.
It was a day for the defense. Neither team scored in the first half. On the last two plays of the half, defensive back Lloyd Burruss blocked field goal attempts on back-to-back plays.
The play of Burruss, all-ACC and honorable-mention all-America in 1978 but a spectator last season after breaking his left ankle in preseason, was perhaps the highlight of the day as far as Claiborne was concerned.
"Lloyd made his presence felt all over the field," Claiborne said. "He hadn't been able to do it in scrimmages all spring so it was real good to see."
"I feel great now," Barruss said. "This whole spring has been frustrating because I haven't been able to do things I used to."
Although he had a bad day statistically, Tice was not upset. "I didn't get hurt," the 6-foot-7 senior said with a grin, remembering last year when he tore up his right shoulder in the spring game. "I survived."
Tice was luckier than many of his teammates. Seven Maryland players suffered knee injuries during the spring, although only one -- defensive end Chris Babiasz -- required surgery.
Claiborne said he was pleased with the spring work, which was dominated throughout by the defense, which returns 17 players from last year's 7-4 team.