Krivak's QB search goes beyond La. Tech


COLLEGE PARK -- On page 23 of the mythical manual for football coaches, it states clearly that a member of the profession must not look beyond the next game.

Maryland's Joe Krivak is violating that. He is looking beyond the Terps' date with Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl Dec. 15 in Shreveport, La.

Forgive him. The bowl game takes no more precedence in his mind than the search for a quarterback to replace Scott Zolak, who will play his last college game in Shreveport.

This is the height of the recruiting season, one of the few periods when coaches can talk to high school hotshots. With Zolak departing, Krivak feels the Terps need a quarterback more experienced than any of the returnees.

Junior Jim Sandwisch, a former walk-on, has only a smattering of experience. David Mike is a redshirt freshman and Tony Scarpino is a true freshman.

"We need a quarterback," Krivak said. "Hopefully, we'll have a guy from junior college who can come in next month and compete for the job in spring practice."

NCAA rules prohibit Krivak from discussing specific recruits at this point. But it is no secret that Maryland has its eye on John Kaleo, Montgomery-Rockville's quarterback. Krivak concedes that there is "some talent" at Montgomery, which lost to Coffeyville, Kan., in the national junior college championship game on Sunday.

"That would be the ideal situation, getting a junior college transfer," Krivak said. "Given our success with quarterbacks, we should be able to do that. I don't know if anybody has sent more quarterbacks to the NFL in recent years than Maryland."

Boomer Esiason, now with the Cincinnati Bengals, was first, followed by Frank Reich, Stan Gelbaugh and Neil O'Donnell.

Maryland also is enthralled by Larry Washington, the running back who led Randallstown High to the state Class 4A title last weekend. Krivak smiled wryly at the mention of Washington's name.

"He's quality," Krivak said. "I'd be a better coach in a hurry. He can make you healthy real quick.

"There's a lot of talent in the Baltimore-Washington area, and we have to get our share. Football players and the coaching in the state have improved drastically in the last 10, 15 years. Our sales pitch urges kids to stay at home and get a great education."

National signing day is Feb. 13. Maryland won't know until then about the quality of its recruits.

"Getting the athletes is the life and breath of any program," Krivak said. "If we do as well as we have the last few years, it'll be another step forward."

The announcements last month of Maryland's bowl bid and Krivak's new four-year contract appear to be having a beneficial effect on recruiting.

"We're being received enthusiastically," Krivak said. "I got 100 or so letters and calls on our season. Local coaches sent congratulations. People I haven't heard from in years called. It's all positive feedback."


* Freshman H-back Frank Wycheck, the ACC leader in receptions with 5.8 a game, will be available for the bowl game. He missed the regular-season finale against Virginia with a back injury.

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