Sophomore Randall Jones, who entered the preseason as the Maryland football team's No. 1 quarterback, now appears to be in an even race with redshirt freshman Calvin McCall for the starting position.

"If you were to say it was the first snap of the first game, it would be one of those guys," Terrapins quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson said yesterday. He said he had no preference between Jones and McCall at this point.

Jones played in 10 games last season, including four as the starter, and at the outset of practice Coach Ron Vanderlinden said the starting position was his to lose. During the past week, Jones has missed snaps in practice with a sore arm, and Vanderlinden said Wednesday that McCall is "a little farther along right now."

"I would never have a player lose his position because of an injury," Johnson said yesterday. "But Calvin has earned the chance to compete."

McCall took more snaps with the first unit in yesterday's practice than Jones did. But Vanderlinden said the team won't start allocating snaps according to the quarterback depth chart until next week.

The team is scheduled to have a scrimmage on Saturday, and Vanderlinden said yesterday the scrimmage will be "interesting" in terms of the quarterback position.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jones, a graduate of Thomas Johnson High in Frederick, last season completed 44 of 98 passes for 567 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

The 6-3, 189-pound McCall is a native of Miami and attended high school in Orlando. He was the Terrapins' number three quarterback last season.