Although it probably won't mean a large change in the amount of playing time each man gets, Mike Anderson has moved ahead of Bren Lowery as Maryland's starting tailback.

"We think Mike ran well {against Miami}," Coach Joe Krivak said after yesterday's practice. "Lowery will play as much as he did last week. But Mike warranted a move up. I don't know if it's as much a demotion for Lowery as it is a promotion for Anderson."

Anderson, a 5-foot-9 junior from DeMatha High School, gained 46 yards in eight carries and caught two passes for 17 yards in Saturday night's loss to the Hurricanes.

Krivak's team is 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and will play undefeated Wake Forest (5-0, 2-0) this Saturday. Anderson has leukemia, and the idea that he would have returned to the team, much less start at tailback, and return punts and kickoffs, as he will, is not something Krivak expected.

"No way," Krivak said. "When all that happened in July . . . I'm as surprised as anybody. He's worked hard and I'm glad to see him have the success. He adds a little spark to our team."

"I'm happy if they feel I can do the job," Anderson said after the Terrapins' no-contact workout. He and Lowery are friends, but Anderson said the switch isn't likely to cause any ill feelings.

Krivak had said Sunday that he might "take a look" this week at his quarterback situation to determine whether using Neil O'Donnell more, either as a backup or as a starter, would add some zip to the Terrapins' offense.

O'Donnell, a 6-2 1/2, 204-pound redshirt sophomore, played for the first time in his college career Saturday night, directing the offense in the fourth quarter. He completed six of nine passes for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Senior Dan Henning, who has started 16 straight games, was 17 of 32 for 142 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.

In yesterday's practice, Henning worked with the first unit and O'Donnell worked with the second.

"I thought I had some good throws and I thought I had some bad throws," said Henning of Saturday night's game, in which he had at least four passes dropped. Asked if he thought he deserved to start against Wake Forest, Henning said, "Sure."

O'Donnell wasn't claiming the top spot, and said he was just glad to finally get in a game. "I thought I played well for the first time," O'Donnell said. "Danny and I go through the same things and get about the same amount of work in practice. I'll just keep doing what I've been doing and hopefully I'll see some more time."

Asked if he thought he should start against Wake Forest, O'Donnell said, "No, Danny has put in his time."

Terrapins Notes:

Ben Jefferson, the 6-9, 317-pound junior left offensive tackle, was at practice yesterday for the first time since his two-week suspension for disciplinary reasons.