COLLEGE PARK - When most people looked at the 2000 Maryland football schedule and saw the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders were coming to Byrd Stadium on Saturday night, the natural response was, "Who? What? Why?"
The answer has arrived after the Terps have stumbled to a 1-1 start.
"We have to use this game to build confidence for the rest of the season," a slow-starting LaMont Jordan said yesterday. "This is the week we have to get the rushing offense rolling. As a team, we're making too many mistakes and missing too many blocks."
And why has Jordan been held to 100 yards in two games by two teams, Temple and West Virginia, that aren't exactly world-beaters?
"I've been bouncing with the ball too much," he said. "I've been trying to score touchdowns instead of using my weight and strength to just get as many yards as possible. When nothing is there, I have to be content with a yard or two."
Jordan conceded he is playing himself into football shape a little more each week after missing all of spring practice and eight days of two-a-day workouts in pre-season camp due to academic problems.
"Each week I'm getting more and more in shape," said Jordan, whose high preseason Heisman hopes have dimmed significantly.
Freshmen get 50 hours
Starting redshirt freshman Maryland linebacker Mike Whaley and backup redshirt freshman cornerback Andrew Smith Jr. (Meade) were each given 50 hours of community service yesterday, stemming from burglary and assault charges filed against them following a campus dormitory incident last November. Whaley and Smith were also ordered to make a public apology and told to stay away from the individual involved (former Terp Ed Simms) in an agreement reached in the case in Maryland district court for Prince George's County in Hyattsville.
Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said last night the two players "were good to go" with the team, but he did not say whether or not Whaley would start against Middle Tennessee State.
"The situation has been reviewed by the [campus] judicial board," Vanderlinden said. "There have been sanctions imposed. I think the sanctions are appropriate for what happened and sufficient and we're ready to move on."
McCall draws praise
Vanderlinden said he believes, "Calvin McCall played his best game at Maryland" last Saturday in a 30-17 loss to West Virginia.
"He did a lot of things right," Vanderlinden said of McCall's 19-of-29 passing performance for 215 yards. McCall completed nine of his first 10 passes for gains and also ran for a 1-yard touchdown.