EVAULATION PROCESS: Navy's coaching staff hopes to finish evaluating the 153 players who have been attending preseason practice by Monday so preparation for the Midshipmen's season opener against Maryland on Sept. 3 can be more efficient.

The Midshipmen must replace 17 starters from last year's team, which finished 10-2.

"We are going to work on ourselves for two weeks. We always do," Coach Paul Johnson said. "Two weeks before the first game we will start to work on Maryland. Right now we aren't working on Maryland; we are working on our stuff."

-- Jon Gallo


RIGHT ON TRACK: Soon after Andrew Valmon was hired as Maryland's track coach two years ago, he approached Ralph Friedgen about borrowing a few football players. Friedgen said he had no objections, so last winter projected starting cornerbacks Gerrick McPhearson and Josh Wilson joined the track team.

McPhearson finished third in the 60-yard dash at the ACC indoor championships, anchored a winning 4x100 relay team at the IC4A championships and went on to set a football team record with a time of 4.21 seconds in the 40. Wilson ran multiple sprints and now credits the track coaches with fixing a slight hitch in his running motion. And Friedgen said he plans to use the track team as a recruiting tool; three of his freshman wide receivers have already been told they can run track this winter if they maintain a grade-point average above 2.5. . . .

Friedgen continues to worry about his backup strong-side linebacker. Second-stringer Eric Lenz, an All-Met from Urbana, left the program. For now, freshman Dave Philistin is the backup to David Holloway. . . . Reserve running back T.D. Callahan tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday and will miss the season.

-- Dan Steinberg


WELSH IS HONORED: Former Navy and Virginia coach George Welsh, the Cavaliers' winningest coach with a 134-86-3 record from 1982 to 2000, will be among 20 former players and coaches enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. Welsh led Virginia to two ACC championships and 12 bowl games. He coached Navy from 1973 to 1981, guiding his alma mater to a 55-46-1 record and three bowl games. "Obviously, I'm very flattered," said Welsh, who turns 72 later this month and has indicated a desire to return to the sport as an assistant coach. . . .

Juniors Fontel Mines and Deyon Williams (Suitland High), two of the team's top returning wide receivers, have unspecified pulled muscles and have been out of practice throughout the week. Freshmen Maurice Covington, Kevin Ogletree and Brandon Woods have been getting more reps in their absence.

Virginia Tech

BACKUP QB UP FOR GRABS: Hokies Coach Frank Beamer said he would like to settle on a No. 2 quarterback early in preseason camp. Sophomore Sean Glennon and redshirt freshman Cory Holt are competing for the backup spot behind junior Marcus Vick. Holt missed most of spring practice with a right rotator cuff injury. Beamer said two freshmen -- Greg Boone and Ike Whitaker, an All-Met selection from Northwest High -- will be redshirted this season. Boone, from Chesapeake, Va., reported to preseason camp with a slight tear in the medial collateral ligament in his right knee -- and he weighed a whopping 287 pounds. "I don't even know if we had offensive linemen and tight ends that big," Beamer said, when asked if he played against a quarterback that large during his career at Virginia Tech from 1966 to '68.

-- Mark Schlabach