Maryland starting quarterback Frank Reich probably will be sidelined from one to three weeks because of the mildly separated shoulder he suffered Saturday, meaning junior Stan Gelbaugh will start at Penn State this Saturday.
Team physician Stanford Lavine will review X-rays of Reich's right shoulder today. But Maryland Coach Bobby Ross, after meeting with team trainer J.J. Bush, said last night, "It's a little bit worse than we thought (after the 38-17 victory over Wake Forest); it now looks like one to three weeks."
Ross is not yet ruling out the possibility that Reich, a fifth-year senior who has completed more than 63 percent of his passes, could make a drastic improvement before Saturday.
But he said he will approach the practice week as if Gelbaugh will be the starter.
"My outlook is, 'Let's get Stan ready and don't look back,' " Ross said. "We're going to go into practice figuring that way. If anything happens in a positive nature (regarding Reich), that will be a great plus. But Stan's going to get the bulk of the work.
"As a matter of fact, he may get more work than the (first-team) quarterback would normally receive in practice."
Gelbaugh had thrown only 10 passes in his first two years at Maryland as a backup to Boomer Esiason, and he was redshirted last year. Gelbaugh became the starting punter this fall.
But Saturday, after Reich was hurt after a sack in the third quarter, Gelbaugh completed all six of his passes for 74 yards, and directed two touchdown drives.
Ross said he was encouraged that Gelbaugh, 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, has always been well prepared mentally, and is so mobile.
"One thing Stan's been doing is preparing himself very well going into each football game," Ross said. "And he's more mobile than either Frank or Boomer, and I think that's an asset."
Reich completed 14 of 19 passes -- two for touchdowns -- against Wake Forest, and seemed to be hitting his stride in his first season as a starter. "Frank can still come back and do well," Ross said. "From here, I think a lot will determine on how (the shoulder) feels to him."
Another injured Terrapin, fullback Stephon Scriber, who suffered a bruised shoulder, probably won't participate in contact drills this week, but could play Saturday.
Virginia won its third straight game by beating Virginia Tech, 26-23, Saturday. Tech had won four straight over the Cavaliers, and Virginia Coach George Welsh said beating Tech was a "tougher win for Virginia to get" than beating North Carolina last year.
Now Welsh wants his team to forget about it as soon as possible. After the win over the Tar Heels last year, Virginia lost, 48-0, to Tech.
"We're going to have to come down to earth by (Sunday night)," Welsh said. "I think this team is mature enough to do that. We're not that mature yet, but we're more mature than last year. I hope."
Virginia (3-1) plays at Duke Saturday night.