Maryland Coach Bobby Ross said yesterday Stan Gelbaugh will remain the starting quarterback for Saturday's game at North Carolina.

Not only was Ross impressed with Gelbaugh's performance in the lopsided victory over Duke last week but, he said, Frank Reich still didn't seem completely healthy and was not throwing with his usual proficiency.

Gelbaugh completed 10 of 12 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns in just one half against Duke. Since replacing Reich, who suffered a mild shoulder separation a month ago, Gelbaugh has completed 59 percent of his passes in a little more than three games and has not been sacked.

Reich, a fifth-year senior, has completed 64 percent of his passes and has been ranked among the nation's passing efficiency leaders. Against Duke, he was four of seven throwing, with a screen pass that went for a 25-yard touchdown. But a couple of his passes fluttered and fell far short of intended receivers.

At the time Reich was hurt, Ross said that under normal circumstances an injured player returns to his starting spot when he recovers. Gelbaugh's performances the last two games have been a lot better than "normal." And, Ross said, he didn't think Reich's shoulder is completely healed.

"I'm not changing my team policy," Ross said. "But it's my opinion that his shoulder isn't 100 percent. Now, that's not Frank's opinion. He believes he's 100 percent and is ready. But I think I can be more objective about this. I don't think Frank's yet regained the level of performance that he had reached at West Virginia and against Wake Forest (Sept. 29, the day Reich was injured)."

Nobody knew what Reich and Gelbaugh thought of the situation, because Ross said neither could talk with reporters yesterday before practice, or for the remainder of the week. Ross was upset with at least two Baltimore newspaper reporters and a report published Sunday quoting quarterback and receivers coach Joe Krivak as saying Gelbaugh would start.

Ross had said after the game he wouldn't decide which player would start until Sunday night or Monday, and said he resented the published report.

Ross added that Reich and Gelbaugh will receive equal time practicing with the first team this week. "We'll split it right down the middle," he said.

Ross said again he doesn't plan to go with a two-quarterback system, but that he would be inclined to change from Gelbaugh to Reich, or vice-versa, "much more rapidly."

Gelbaugh had said after the Duke game he thought Reich, one of his best friends, should start if Reich was healthy. Gelbaugh, Again, to Start As Terrapin Quarterback By Michael Wilbon Washington Post Staff Writer

Maryland Coach Bobby Ross said yesterday Stan Gelbaugh will remain the starting quarterback for Saturday's game at North Carolina.

Not only was Ross impressed with Gelbaugh's performance in the lopsided victory over Duke last week but, he said, Frank Reich still didn't seem completely healthy and was not throwing with his usual proficiency.

Gelbaugh completed 10 of 12 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns in just one half against Duke. Since replacing Reich, who suffered a mild shoulder separation a month ago, Gelbaugh has completed 59 percent of his passes in a little more than three games and has not been sacked.

Reich, a fifth-year senior, has completed 64 percent of his passes and has been ranked among the nation's passing efficiency leaders. Against Duke, he was four of seven throwing, with a screen pass that went for a 25-yard touchdown. But a couple of his passes fluttered and fell far short of intended receivers.

At the time Reich was hurt, Ross said that under normal circumstances an injured player returns to his starting spot when he recovers. Gelbaugh's performances the last two games have been a lot better than "normal." And, Ross said, he didn't think Reich's shoulder is completely healed.

"I'm not changing my team policy," Ross said. "But it's my opinion that his shoulder isn't 100 percent. Now, that's not Frank's opinion. He believes he's 100 percent and is ready. But I think I can be more objective about this. I don't think Frank's yet regained the level of performance that he had reached at West Virginia and against Wake Forest (Sept. 29, the day Reich was injured)."

Nobody knew what Reich and Gelbaugh thought of the situation, because Ross said neither could talk with reporters yesterday before practice, or for the remainder of the week. Ross was upset with at least two Baltimore newspaper reporters and a report published Sunday quoting quarterback and receivers coach Joe Krivak as saying Gelbaugh would start.

Ross had said after the game he wouldn't decide which player would start until Sunday night or Monday, and said he resented the published report.

Ross added that Reich and Gelbaugh will receive equal time practicing with the first team this week. "We'll split it right down the middle," he said.

Ross said again he doesn't plan to go with a two-quarterback system, but that he would be inclined to change from Gelbaugh to Reich, or vice-versa, "much more rapidly."

Gelbaugh had said after the Duke game he thought Reich, one of his best friends, should start if Reich was healthy.