Maryland cocaptains Dave D'Addio and Peter Koch held team meetings in College Park yesterday in an effort to regroup after Saturday night's loss to West Virginia.
D'Addio, the starting fullback, spoke to the offensive team and Koch, a defensive tackle, talked to the defense before practice. "I just said, 'Let's go back to square one and be very intent on doing all the right things in practice this week,' " Koch said.
D'Addio told the offense, 'We're going to concentrate and do things right . . . start displaying some things we haven't . . . and be consistent in everything . . . It's going to be a different Maryland.
"It's going to be a different Maryland team Saturday against Pitt," D'Addio said after practice. "We're not going to think we're good, we're going to show it. We've been our own worst enemies. There's been a lack of concentraion and nobody is exempt."
The meetings evolved from the 31-21 loss to West Virginia and the team's playing only well enough to win two weeks ago at Vanderbilt. "It's certainly not a crisis stage," Koch said. "We were 0-2 last year, and 1-1 this year after two games. But we don't want this going any further."
Coach Bobby Ross, who was upset Sunday over his team's performance, had expressed doubt about the team leadership, especially the seniors. Koch said yesterday, "Coach Ross didn't point his finger at one individual, which was good because each senior can think it means him. What he was saying is, 'Hey seniors, take a look at yourselves. What are you contributing?' He was right on target."
Ross said he was pleased with yesterday's practice. "We even got a little bit ahead of ourselves," he said. "We got more into game-situation preparation for Pittsburgh; usually, Monday is a day to polish basics."
Ross said almost every starter would have to compete for his job this week. Yesterday he listed backup Jeff Holinka on the first team with starter Harry Venezia at right tackle and backup Shawn Benson with starter Len Lynch at right guard.
"There won't be a lot of hoopla around here this week," Ross said. "We're going to be very exact and very precise. There's just going to be workmanship; do it until you get it done right."
Quarterback Boomer Esiason did not practice yesterday. He stood on the sideline with his right (nonthrowing) arm in a sling because of strained ligaments he suffered Saturday night while being sacked. Stanford Lavine, the team physician, cleared Esiason to practice without contact this afternoon.
"They'd have to break my leg to keep me from playing this week. Anyway, it feels a lot better today than it did Sunday."
Two other Terrapins, however, will probably not play this week. Jimmy Joyce, a starter at defensive tackle and a two-year letterman, will be out from two to three weeks with a sprained left knee. Scott Tye, one of the best special teams players, is doubtful, also because of a sprained left knee. Tom McHale, who competed on the track team for Joyce's father at Gaithersburg High School, will start for Jimmy Joyce at tackle.