When Maryland began its annual spring football session four weeks ago, Coach Bobby Ross said one of the top priorities was to find a quarterback.
Not much has changed at College Park. Spring practice ended yesterday and Maryland is still looking for a quarterback.
"The quarterback position is still wide open. I didn't think this would change with this game," Ross said, watching the final minutes of the scrimmage from the press box in Byrd Stadium. "Because of the wind and the even distribution of players on both teams, it was difficult to tell much about the quarterbacks. They were throwing to a lot of people and it was rough to establish any continuity."
For the record, the Dan Henning-led White team won the scrimmage, 7-6. Henning (seven completions in 15 attempts for 72 yards and an interception) threw a three-yard touchdown pass to James Milling early in the second quarter. Ramon Paredes' conversion provided the winning margin.
Dan Plocki kicked field goals of 33 and 40 yards for the Red team's points. Plocki had a potential game-winning 28-yard attempt blocked by Ted Chapman in the final minute.
"Overall, I thought everything went pretty well. We didn't score many points but we moved the ball," said Henning, a junior and the lone quarterback with any experience from last year. "We had a few penalties and a touchdown called back but I thought I did fine. Going into the summer practice, I feel my chances of being the No. 1 quarterback are as good as anyone."
Henning's main competitor, sophomore Drew Komlo, didn't have a good effort yesterday, completing two of 10 passes for 29 yards with an interception. Redshirt freshman Neil O'Donnell, playing for the Red team, completed six of nine for 57 yards but was sacked three times.
The other quarterback, Ron Nutile, was two of three for five yards.
Running back Mike Anderson rushed for 65 yards on 13 carries; Carl Morton had 32 yards on seven rushes and Alvin Blount had 25 yards on five carries.
"I'm beginning to feel comfortable with the offense," said O'Donnell, who completed the longest pass of the afternoon for 19 yards. "All of us can throw the ball but basically, none of us have ever played before. Dan and Drew have been through this before while this is new to me."
Ross said he was happy with his team's spring session. "I'm very pleased with where we are. We accomplished some things and had a good spring," he said. "Our defense looks like it will be solid, especially at end and linebacker. And if a few people come along, our line should come along."
The defense dictated the tone of the scrimmage yesterday, coming up with four sacks, a number of near-sacks, two interceptions and five near-pickoffs.
"Our defense has looked pretty good this spring," linebacker Chuck Faucette said. "In the spring, you really have to push yourself harder because you aren't really preparing for a game. In the fall, you work hard because a game is coming up soon."
*Baseball: Greg Ritchie went two for four, homered and scored two runs to help George Washington beat Duquesne, 10-1, and sweep a doubleheader at Georgetown. In the first game, Ritchie pitched a one-hit shutout as the Colonials won, 10-0, in a game halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule.
The wins assure GW of being the second seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament, which begins next Friday. George Washington is 8-2 in the Atlantic 10, 27-11-1 overall. Duquesne is 1-11 in the Atlantic 10 . . .
Steve Schwartz drove in five runs with a double, a single and a walk to lead James Madison (34-12, 12-5) to a 12-4 victory over visiting American (8-26, 3-15) in a Colonial Athletic Association contest . . .
Virginia Tech (36-19) scored eight runs on two hits in the third inning in a 16-15 victory over Howard (25-17-1) in the first game of a doubleheader at Blacksburg. Tech swept when, in the second game, Mike Jednorski gave up five hits and struck out nine in an 8-5 victory, the 800th in Tech Coach Chuck Hartman's career.
*Track and field: At the James Madison Track Invitational, George Mason's Brian Banks set a meet record at 400 meters in 46.97.
George Mason's Harold Morton was voted the outstanding meet performer. Morton finished first in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.76 and finished second in the 100 and 200 meters. No team scores were kept . . .
Betsy Bachtel of Gallaudet won at 5,000 meters in 17:44 and at 3,000 meters in 10:08 and was voted the most valuable women's performer in the Mason-Dixon Conference championships in Newport News, Va. Bachtel qualified for the NCAA Division III meet May 21-24 in La Crosse, Wis.
*Lacrosse: Brendan Hanley's goal with 1:11 remaining broke a 9-9 tie and allowed Maryland to win, 11-9, at UMBC (5-7).
UMBC led, 4-0, after one period, but the Terrapins cut the margin to 4-3 by halftime. Four players had two goals each for Maryland (9-2).