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Fearing spies, Terps close drills

THE BALTIMORE SUN

On a day Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden closed most practices to shield his team from the growing number of college football spies and the increasing availability of information on the Internet, he also praised LaMont Jordan for his first scrimmage.

"LaMont ran with tremendous determination," said Vanderlinden of the running back some are touting as a Heisman Trophy candidate. "He had about nine carries for some good yardage. I was impressed with how hard he ran."

The 2-hour, 15-minute scrimmage behind closed doors also featured the continuing duel between Calvin McCall and Shaun Hill for the No. 1 quarterback job.

"Calvin and Shaun continued to split time, and they both looked good," said Vanderlinden.

Another highlight of the scrimmage that completed preseason camp for the Terps was the outstanding play of defensive end Durrand Roundtree, a 6-foot-3, 242-pound redshirt sophomore from Lansdowne High in Baltimore County.

Vanderlinden said Roundtree is challenging pre-camp No. 1 William Shime and that the "two are listed as co-starters right now."

Added the coach: "Durrand is one of our strongest and most explosive athletes in the weight room, and he is starting to transfer those skills to the football field. He is developing into the player we knew he could be."

Vanderlinden decided yesterday to close practices to the media and public, except for the first 30-45 minutes of Monday and Tuesday workouts.

Those opening minutes on Monday and Tuesday are mostly limited to routine conditioning, meaning no offensive or defensive secrets are revealed.

The Wednesday and Thursday workouts are the most important strategically in preparation for that week's opponent, and both of those practices are now closed.

Maryland's light Friday drills always have been ruled off-limits by Vanderlinden.

But during his first three years as Maryland's coach, he allowed the media and public to watch the entire 2 1/2 -hour practices Monday through Thursday and said often, "We're one of the few dinosaurs left who don't close practices."

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