Spring practice for the Maryland football team officially ended yesterday with the traditional Red-White game, but one question remains: who will be the Terrapins' No. 2 quarterback?
"We're just going to have to look at the (quarterback) situation," said Coach Bobby Ross after the White team defeated the Red team, 21-3, before approximately 4,800 at Byrd Stadium. "I don't know at this time. We're just going to have to make a choice . . .
"On the surface, I thought (Ken Vierra) had a good scrimmage. If someone had gone 15 for 15, it would have been a lot easier. We may have to go a few games into the season before making a decision. Sure, it concerns me. I have an opinion, but I think it's still close enough. I don't want to avoid the question, but I want to be fair to the players."
Vierra, a senior who transferred from Utah after his sophomore year, was the most impressive of the five quarterbacks who played yesterday, including the Terrapins' No. 1 quarterback, Stan Gelbaugh. Vierra completed eight of 12 passes for 65 yards in three quarters for the White team.
"I feel more comfortable," said Vierra, a 6-foot, 177-pounder. "The more you know the offense, the less you have to think about it. You can react better. I played definitely better this spring than last spring."
When asked if he thought he would be chosen as Gelbaugh's backup, Vierra said, "If Stanley went down, I know I'd like the opportunity to play. But we'll just have to see. I wish I had come here as a freshman because this is my last year and I'm becoming more comfortable."
Gelbaugh, a 6-3, 207-pound senior who split the 1984 starting role with Frank Reich, played only the first quarter, completing both his passes for 27 yards. "When I went into the game, they had told me I was only going to play a quarter," Gelbaugh said. "I think Kenny had a real good day. He showed the coaches things they wanted to see."
"From the standpoint of getting everyone into the game and playing a spring game, I was pleased," said Ross, whose team goes into the 1985 season with a preseason top 10 ranking and a seven-game winning streak, third longest in Division I. "I was pleased with the hitting. We just wanted to let them go out and play and not think about it."
The White team outrushed the Red team, 168-63. Senior fullback Rick Badanjek and junior Alvin Blount gained 48 and 66 yards, respectively, and Blount caught three passes for 28 yards. Badanjek, the top point producer last year for the Terrapins, ran three and five yards for touchdowns.
Junior Tommy Neal led the Red team in rushing and receiving, carrying seven times for 28 yards and catching seven passes for 53 yards. Senior quarterback Barry Waseleski completed seven of 10 passes for 52 yards for the Red.