Dan Henning will start at quarterback in place of Neil O'Donnell for Maryland Saturday in their final game of the season against Coach Joe Krivak said.

"Most of it is performance," Krivak said of the senior's play in the second half of Saturday's loss to Clemson. "A little of it is sentimental."

Krivak said he wanted to reward Henning for his five seasons of service.

After starting all 11 games last season and the first seven of this season, Henning was replaced by O'Donnell, a redshirt sophomore who had come off the bench to lead Maryland to a win over Duke. O'Donnell started the next three games, against North Carolina, Penn State and Clemson -- the toughest stretch of the schedule -- but Henning relieved him late in each of those games.

Against Clemson, O'Donnell was 12 of 17 for 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Henning was nine of 18 for 88 yards and two interceptions.

"I'm switching because the kid {O'Donnell} had three tough games," Krivak said. "I think he learned a lot, and it's been a good learning experience for Neil. But this outfit {Vanderbilt} does a lot of moving around and shifting. Dan had a pretty good second half Saturday. It's his senior year and his last ball game. I want to see him go out and start and finish up. Dan's done a lot for this program."

Maryland has a slew of injuries and other lineup shifts. Krivak said redshirt freshman Ken Oberle's play in the second half earned him the starting spot at left tackle over Ben Jefferson.

Tight end Ferrell Edmunds, who pulled a groin muscle against Penn State and aggravated it against Clemson, is questionable, according to trainer J.J. Bush. Fullback Dennis Spinelli has a sprained knee and sat out practice yesterday, as did center Bill Hughes, who has stiff neck.