The focus on the other side of the field also will be on quarterback, as the current Terps wonder about the future of Scott Milanovich.
Already in a tenuous position academically, Milanovich was pointed out by an unnamed teammate and an athletic department source in a story in The Diamondback, the campus paper, as the starting point for the university's investigation into gambling among members of the football team.
Milanovich told the Associated Press earlier this year that he had previously gambled, an unidentified AP reporter told The Diamondback yesterday. Milanovich said that he had gambled small amounts on college basketball games, the reporter said.
Betting on college athletics is a violation of NCAA rules, and guilty players can lose all or a portion of their eligibility.
Milanovich has denied betting on college games. But even if he isn't involved in the gambling investigation, Milanovich must pass 18 credits this semester and six in the summer to be academically eligible to play as a senior.
Milanovich has admitted to feeling pressure about his academic situation. He's the only Terps quarterback who has thrown a pass in a college game. Redshirt freshman Brian Cummings was restricted to running the short-yardage offense last season.
In August, the Terps will bring in two freshman quarterbacks, Ken Mastrole of Florida and Texan Trey Evans.
"Yeah, I guess I'm feeling some pressure," Milanovich said of being the team's only experienced quarterback. "Brian needs to get some work early in the season, and he'll be OK. He's got a great arm."
Milanovich is the Maryland record-holder with 525 completions and 47 touchdown passes. His 6,125 yards are close to the school record held by Boomer Esiason.
NOTES: At least seven Terps will be held out of the game: offensive linemen John Teter (back) and Pete Sorrentino (knee surgery last season); linebackers Brett White (broken thumb), Jam Moore (sprained ankle) and Gene Gray (cluster headaches), and defensive ends Eric Ogbogu (broken finger) and Ashley Sims (sprained shoulder).