Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden said he has not decided whether sophomore Randall Jones or redshirt freshman Calvin McCall will start at quarterback this fall.
"If we played tomorrow, I'd play them both," Vanderlinden said today at the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason football meeting. "I think Randall is an athletic quarterback, and our challenge is to make him into an efficient passer."
Jones completed 14 of 29 for 247 yards in the Terrapins' final two games last season, a win over Duke and a loss to N.C. State that left Maryland with a 3-8 record (1-7 in the ACC). Jones (6 feet 2, 212 pounds) also ran for a touchdown in each of those games.
"He admitted to me it took him right up to the end of the year before he got out there to just relax," Vanderlinden said of Jones, who shared time with Ken Mastrole, who has transferred to Rhode Island. Maryland was last in the ACC in passing yards per game (117), so there's still pressure to improve. McCall (6-3, 189) and freshman Latrez Harrison (6-3, 214) both have good arms that will complicate Vanderlinden's decisions.
"What I'm going to do with Latrez is give him an opportunity to learn the offense," Vanderlinden said. "I'm going to put him in the mix and see how fast he picks up and how quickly he comes along."
Meanwhile, Maryland junior wide receiver Moises Cruz is awaiting trial following an off-campus fight.
"I'm going to wait and let the judicial system deal with that," Vanderlinden said when asked about Cruz's availability. "I don't believe he did what he did on purpose. I think it was an accident from all accounts that I heard. But it did happen. So I'm going to wait and see how it develops. He's going to be suspended, but the degree depends on how it turns out judicially."
Virginia Coach George Welsh said he would like to see the ACC expand from nine to 12 teams and add a conference championship game sometime over the next three to five seasons. But he may not hang around to see it.
"I'm telling recruits that I don't promise them five years," Welsh said. "I told them very likely four. I'd like to think I've got four [seasons] more anyway."
Florida State is the preseason favorite to win the ACC, according to 84 of the 87 journalists who voted in a poll. Virginia was picked to finish third and Maryland last.