Larry Washington, one of the best high school running backs Maryland has produced, who then became one of the bigger busts ever at the University of Maryland, might play his final collegiate season at Towson State.
Washington, who left the Terrapins last summer after three seasons marked by injuries, disciplinary problems and a failure to reach the expectations he created after a 2,275-yard season as a Randallstown High School senior, has applied for admission to Towson State.
Towson State coach Gordy Combs met with Washington last week.
"[Washington] contacted me, and we had about a 90-minute visit," Combs said. "He's done very well in school the last three semesters. His unofficial transcripts look good. We'll know by next month if he's coming here."
If Washington comes to Towson, he would have one last chance to revive a disappointing career. From 1991 to 1993 at Maryland, Washington played in only 14 games, rushing 70 times for 292 yards and only one touchdown.
Before the 1992 season, Washington and a teammate were involved in the theft of a credit card. After agreeing to probation before judgment on a charge of felony forgery of a credit card, Washington was required to make restitution of $652.14. A month later in the season's third game, against Pittsburgh, he injured his knee and missed the rest of the season.
Then, after a disappointing 1993 season in which he gained only 22 yards on eight carries, Washington missed three straight days of practice last summer, and Maryland coach Mark Duffner announced Washington had quit the team.
Should Washington transfer to Towson State, he would give the Tigers a potentially dangerous weapon heading into the world of Division I-AA, non-scholarship football.
"I think it will be a good move, coming back to the area, starting all over in a sense," said the 5-foot-11 Washington, who said he is about 25 pounds over his desired playing weight of 210. "Nothing is going to be given to me. I've got my 2.0 [required grade-point average]. My knee is fine. I've got to start getting in shape, work on my endurance. I'm just glad to get out of Maryland."
Said Combs: "Look at the things we've done with Dave Meggett and Tony Vinson [Towson transfers who went on to the NFL]. He understands that this is his last opportunity to bring back the attention he had coming out of Randallstown. We can help him, and he can help us." Morgan State, which last month was placed on probation by the NCAA for three years and barred from postseason play in 10 sports next year, has been excluded from the 1996 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
Two weeks before the NCAA levied its penalties, the MEAC announced it was moving its tournament to Tallahassee, Fla., after a two-year run at Morgan State's Hill Field House. Coincidentally, the league's decision to relocate spared Morgan State the additional embarrassment of playing host to a conference tournament in which it could not participate.
Towson's Mr. Versatile
Towson State lists sophomore Ken Sturek as the third baseman on its baseball team, although it's hard to pin Sturek down in one spot. He has played seven positions for the Tigers.
In Monday's 11-8 victory over Long Island, Sturek displayed his versatility once again. With shortstop Jason Ferreira running late because of a science lab, Sturek filled in for him in the early innings. Sturek then came on to record the last three outs, earning his first career save. Sturek, the brother of Towson State gymnast Karen Sturek, is hitting .337, third-highest on the team.
Towson State's baseball team is 13-5-1 at home, but only 1-9 on the road. . . . Morgan State jumper Antoine Peck is having an extraordinary year. During the indoor season, Peck set school records in the high jump (7-4) and triple jump (52-2), placed sixth at the USA National Championships, won the MEAC high jump and long jump titles and finished among the nation's top 10 high jumpers. In the outdoor season, Peck is an NCAA provisional qualifier, after high-jumping 7-3 at the Duke Invitational.