Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden said yesterday that he has not made a decision concerning the team's No. 1 quarterback and has not set a timetable for determining who will be the starter when the Terrapins open their season Sept. 2.
Vanderlinden endorsed returning sophomore Randall Jones as the team's No. 1 quarterback during the early portion of camp, but that support has wavered in recent days. Vanderlinden said last week that redshirt freshman Calvin McCall was about even with Jones.
Freshman Latrez Harrison also has performed well throughout camp. Vanderlinden said each member of the trio looked good in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage, making his decision even tougher.
"Our quarterback situation is such that I'm not ready to make a decision today as to who our number one is," Vanderlinden said. "It's still not definitive. All three of the quarterbacks, Randall, Calvin and Latrez, all did several good things" in the scrimmage.
Vanderlinden received support over the weekend from Athletic Director Debbie Yow, who said she is pleased with the football program's current direction and is "looking forward" to discussing an extension of Vanderlinden's contract after this season.
Vanderlinden has a five-year contract and has said he is hoping this will be a breakthrough season after the team won just five games in his first two years.
"I appreciate the fact that Dr. Yow supports the direction our program is going in," Vanderlinden said. "She obviously watches it very closely, and at this time my only concern is the 1999 season and to continue our recruiting effort."
Terrapins Notes: Vanderlinden said the defense played well in Saturday's scrimmage and there were no new injuries to report. . . .
Vanderlinden said he hopes right guard Jamie Wu will return from injury today. Wu has been bothered throughout camp by disk problems in his lower back and missed much of last week's practice.