Maryland Coach Bobby Ross called yesterday's two-a-day sessions "hump day," with several players starting to get the slightly strained muscles, bruises and aches that are to be expected after a full week of practice.
The Terrapins still were able to make it through without further major injuries. Starting left tackle Tony Edwards was re-examined, but the injury to his right foot -- suffered Wednesday -- still is being diagnosed as a sprain and the senior should miss only four or five days of practice.
Ross also kept junior halfback Tommy Neal out of practice because of a hyperextended knee, but he could be back for the Saturday afternoon scrimmage, which is closed to the public.
Cornerback Donald Brown suffered a pulled hamstring, but said he was ready to continue practicing.
Senior fullback Rick Badanjek, asked how many points the Maryland offense would score against the Terrapins' defense in a real game, said: "I'd have to say in the 30s. We've got so much. This is the fastest team we've ever had. We should always be in the 30s."
Ross said this team is in "the best condition of any squad since we've been here (four years). I was hoping all of this preseason attention would serve as a motivational device . . . "
A year ago today, starting quarterback Stan Gelbaugh was in the process of becoming the starting punter, thinking he never would get to play quarterback at Maryland, with Frank Reich and Ken Vierra ahead of him on the depth chart.
Home Team Sports yesterday announced its plans for the upcoming college football season and they include the twice weekly broadcasts -- on a taped basis -- of all 11 Maryland games.
Each Terrapins game will be seen at 11:30 p.m. on the day of the game and at 10:30 a.m. the next day.
Also, Ross will be one of 14 coaches with a weekly show on HTS. His will air at 10 a.m. on Sundays.