Maryland Coach Ron Vanderlinden said last night that he still wasn't ready to name a number one quarterback, but views Calvin McCall and Randall Jones as "co-starters."
After his team had a light scrimmage in the rain on a practice field in College Park, Vanderlinden said he sees his team's situation as comparable to that of Clemson's, where the Tigers have quarterbacks Brandon Streeter and Woodrow Dantzler both listed as number one.
"I feel we have co-starters now," Vanderlinden said. "I feel like we've got two good quarterbacks. I'm thinking of co-starters."
Vanderlinden said the Terrapins will not employ a shuttle system -- where the quarterbacks will alternate series or even downs -- if both are co-starters. Instead, the coach said the situation will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
Vanderlinden said he's still not sure who will start next Thursday's season opener at Temple. He has indicated that he won't say anything until game time to keep the Owls guessing.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jones came into camp as the starter, with Vanderlinden saying it was his job to lose. However, a sore arm cost him three or four days of practice and let redshirt freshman McCall pull ahead of the sophomore. Vanderlinden said Jones's arm is sound again, and the pair are about even.
Both quarterbacks have worked with the first team in practice, and each saw time with that unit in the scrimmage. Freshman Latrez Harrison practiced with the second unit; the coaches are being careful to bring him along slowly.