- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 23, 2001

Guilian Gary received a warm reception yesterday morning at the Maryland football complex, one day after a terrifying exit as a medical emergency.
Gary, who suffered a cervical spine injury Tuesday and lay motionless for 45 minutes before a medical helicopter flew him to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, wore his No. 21 jersey as he watched practice. He looked no worse for wear, other than having a strained neck. His teammates were thrilled and relieved to see the team's leading receiver the past two seasons walking around.
"It was like I was some famous person they hadn't seen before," said Gary, who could return to the lineup in several weeks. "I came out and guys surrounded me and were like, 'Guilian. Guilian.' It was one of the best feelings."
Gary is sidelined with a sore neck and will have an MRI tomorrow. If is cleared when he is reevaluated late this week, he could begin light workouts as early as next week.
The senior from New York suffered the injury in a head-on collision as he split two defenders on a running play during a slow-speed drill.
"My body was actually numb," Gary said. "It wasn't pain. I didn't feel parts of my body. For the first eight minutes, I didn't feel my legs or my arms. Then I felt pinches all over as feeling was coming back. But feeling in my left arm didn't come back until 10:30 last night."
Gary was moved from the trauma unit to Kernan Hospital, a rehabilitation center on the outskirts of the city, late Tuesday night before being released early yesterday. He underwent a series of tests, including an MRI and CAT scan, and was cleared of any severe injuries.
Many players left the practice field Tuesday in tears, clearly disturbed by the troubling events. Yesterday they were ecstatic to see their friend on the mend.
"I was pretty shook up about the whole situation after practice yesterday," quarterback Shaun Hill said. "It was great to see him out there today and moving around."
D-line has question marks
The biggest questions on defense are on the line. Stalwart nose tackle Kris Jenkins went to the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the NFL Draft, leaving the Terps with little experience and leadership up front.
However, early indications are that Charles Hill may be ready to fill the vacancy in the middle. The 6-foot-2, 292-pound senior from Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt High School has been the anchor, setting the tone on a developing front line that returns no other starters.
"He is a force inside right now," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "[Center] Melvin [Fowler] is having a hell of time blocking him."
Behind Hill, no one has claimed the starting outside linebacker spot, which is available while Marlon Moye-Moore serves a suspension while awaiting a criminal trial. Seniors Leon Joe (Friendly High School) and Reggie Lewis and sophomore Andrew Henley (DeMatha) are fighting for the only open linebacker position.
Extra points
Redshirt freshman C.J. Brooks, who is 6-4 and 304 pounds, has been moved to starting offensive left tackle from his reserve right tackle role. The shift moves Eric Dumas to the second team.

"Moving Brooks to left tackle gets the two most athletic tackles on the field," said Friedgen, who was concerned about removing Brooks as the top backup to right tackle Matt Crawford, who is coming off knee surgery. "I talked to Crawford and I said, 'What's the deal?' He feels like he is all right now. We're really kind of betting on that right now." …
Yesterday's scheduled scrimmage was moved to today on the practice field, partly because of wet conditions. It will not be open to the public or media. … The Terps will have an open scrimmage on the practice field Saturday, followed by an autograph-signing session.

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