College football teams in this area will begin practicing full-time this week, with three of the four major teams working under new coaches.
Maryland, starting its first season under Bobby Ross, will begin two-a-day workouts Thursday. Freshmen reported yesterday for tests and a short afternoon practice. The Terrapins will have less than a month to prepare for their first game, Sept. 11 against Penn State. "We've got a lot to do in a very short time," Ross said, in reference to installing a new, pro-style offense.
Navy's new coach, Gary Tranquill, will begin putting the Midshipmen through two-a-day sessions Monday morning. About 120 freshmen and upperclassmen reported Friday night. The Midshipmen will open their season Sept. 11 in Annapolis against former Navy Coach George Welsh and his Virginia team.
In Charlottesville, Welsh will be trying to rebuild a team that finished 1-10 last year. His freshmen reported yesterday; full practice will begin Thursday. Welsh has said he would like to improve the Cavaliers quickly and not get involved in a long-range rebuilding program.
Howard's Floyd Keith, in his fourth year, is now the senior area coach. The Bison began two-a-day workouts Friday, with an optional "dawn patrol" conditioning session at 5:45 a.m. Howard senior Tracy Singleton, already the school's all-time leading receiver, is the area's only preseason all-America selection.
There is only one player who played under the previous coaching staff, offensive guard John Bilberry. That means Keith, for the first time, will begin a season with players he has recruited. The Bison will begin their season Sept. 4 against the University of Maine.