Terps await NCAA ruling on Campbell


Malik Campbell, the only quarterback recruited by Maryland this year, still hasn't been approved by the NCAA's Eligibility Clearinghouse to practice or play.

Campbell is believed to have attained the necessary standardized test score earlier this summer, but the NCAA has yet to review his records.

"We're led to believe that Malik's case will be considered early this week," coach Mark Duffner said. "If it goes beyond the first week of school, then a decision is going to have to be made about what he's going to do this year."

Campbell, of Buffalo, N.Y., missed all of Maryland's two-a-day practices. Even if he arrives soon, he most likely would be redshirted.

One other incoming freshman's eligibility was delayed by the NCAA. Punter Tim Starner missed the first five days of practice and has been unable to beat out incumbent Russell Edwards. Duffner said Edwards, who had a strong showing in an intrasquad scrimmage Friday, will handle the punting when Maryland opens Saturday night against Northern Illinois at Byrd Stadium.

At other positions where starters are to be determined, Craig Fitzgerald continues to stand atop the depth chart at tight end, and true freshman Ben Thomas is back from a short absence with the flu and again challenging Aaron Henne at right guard. Duffner said that Mitch Watkins, a walk-on junior from Salisbury's James M. Bennett High, also is making a push for playing time at guard.

Pub Date: 8/25/96

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