Calvin McCall, Maryland's starting quarterback this past football season, is practicing with the 16th-ranked Terrapins men's basketball team and could be in uniform for its next game, Dec. 27 against George Mason.

Basketball coach Gary Williams said the 6-foot-3, 189-pound McCall joined the team for Tuesday's practice but he was unsure of McCall's status. The redshirt freshman has not been added to the roster.

"He is practicing with us," Williams said. "We want to see how he does."

McCall, who started the Terrapins' first nine football games before being sidelined by a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, was not available to comment yesterday. Williams said team doctors had cleared McCall to play and that his knee is not a concern.

Williams said he is unsure what position McCall would play. As a guard at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, McCall averaged 18 points per game during his senior year and took an official basketball visit to Kansas before opting for a football scholarship.

McCall could provide depth in the back court. Maryland (8-2) has used an eight-man rotation with just one back-court reserve, freshman shooting guard Drew Nicholas. The Terrapins' other lineup option has been to move forward Danny Miller to guard and play with a bigger lineup.

While recruiting McCall, Maryland's football coaches told McCall that if he came to College Park, he would have the opportunity to play both sports. He redshirted during the 1998 football season, then beat out senior Trey Evans and freshman Latrez Harrison for the starting quarterback position this past season. McCall passed for 1,264 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 256 yards and one touchdown. The Terrapins finished 5-6.

Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden was out of the area on a recruiting trip and could not be reached to comment.