The Maryland football team began preparing to face Clemson Saturday in Death Valley. The Terrapins (4-5, 3-2) need a win this week and one in the season finale against Vanderbilt to scrape out a winning season.

Coach Joe Krivak said yesterday he is going to work with both Dan Henning and Neil O'Donnell before making a final decision about who starts. O'Donnell, who has started the last two games, was atop the depth chart yesterday.

"We'll work both with both gangs {the first and second teams}," Krivak said after yesterday's light workout. "Both played well and I think we'll need both."

Krivak joked that he might make a final decision moments before the start of the game, but added, "I have a pretty good idea on what I'll do."

Henning said he didn't know who would start.

"We each took a little {work with the first unit}, but Neil took the most," said Henning, a fifth-year senior who had started 18 consecutive games until O'Donnell started against North Carolina.

On the injury front, guard Richard Nelson, who had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and missed the last two games, has recovered quicker than expected and may be able to play Saturday.