Maryland quarterback Kaleo could be ready to play Saturday


Maryland quarterback John Kaleo might be able to play Saturday against Pitt after all.

The senior starter's right knee, hurt in the third quarter of the loss to Penn State Saturday, was examined yesterday by team physician Dr. Stan Lavine. Lavine told Kaleo to take it easy today, that he would be on a day-to-day basis and that he should be ready to play Saturday. If he can't, the No. 2, redshirt freshman Scott Milanovich, will.

Kaleo, who said he is still having some minor discomfort but has been jogging without pain, said he definitely will play. Kaleo said he will practice today, when the team begins preparations for Pittsburgh.

The Terps' Mark Mason rushed for 102 yards against Penn State, the first runner to gain 100 against the Nittany Lions in their past 18 games.

Mason leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards with a 178 average and is second in rushing to Virginia's Terry Kirby, 134 to 129. Maryland has three receivers among the ACC's top five in catches per game -- Marcus Badgett (first, 6.8), Dan Prunzik (third, 5.8) and Richie Harris (fifth, 5.0). With 461 yards in three games, Tony Vinson is on track to become the third 1,000-yard rusher in Towson State history. The transfer from Purdue, averaging 153.6 yards a game and 6.2 a carry, would join Dan Ricker (1,021 in 1986) and Larry Jones (1,010 in 1973).

Towson's big-play receiver is Mark Orlando, a sophomore out of Liberty High who is averaging 26.7 yards for 12 catches and has three touchdowns.

When it faces Liberty on Saturday, Towson will try to win three straight for the first time since 1987. In the Liberty series, the Tigers have dropped the past five, allowing at least 30 points in BTC each meeting. The last time they beat Liberty was 1986, when they presented then-coach Phil Albert with his 100th victory.

Humphrey saluted

Funny how some players wind up at a certain school. Jesse Humphrey is from Miami, but spent four years in the military service in the Virginia-Maryland area.

The next logical step was to attend a nearby school, Montgomery College. After playing two years there, Humphrey transferred to Morgan State, where he is a 25-year-old junior.

After catching nine passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 40 seconds left, in the 25-21 win over Johnson C. Smith, Humphrey was selected ECAC Rookie of the Week.

He also was named on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's honor roll, along with Morgan defensive back Eddie Hill and quarterback Orlando Persell.

Hill intercepted two passes, made three tackles and caught a pass for 20 yards on a fake punt. Persell matched his career high with 293 passing yards. Three of his 19 completions were for scores.

Navy's QB woes

It could come to this for Navy: If none of the four injured quarterbacks is ready, the Mids will go with Tony Solliday, a sophomore who had never played a varsity down until the fourth quarter of Saturday's 40-0 loss to Rutgers, with plebe Eddie Buckles as No. 2.

There's a chance that Jason Van Matre (hip pointer) or Steve Seoane (dislocated left, non-throwing, shoulder) will be available, however.

Navy has had a rash of injuries at running back as well. The top four returnees are hurt -- Brad Stramanak (major knee surgery), running back-quarterback Van Matre, Billy James (torn shoulder ligaments) and Duke Ingraham, the starter the first two games who was to undergo knee surgery today.

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