- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday that tailback Bruce Perry, sidelined since Aug.20 with a left groin tear, is "doubtful" for Saturday's game at West Virginia. Perry has not played since January's Orange Bowl. He missed spring practice with a stomach strain.

Perry was named ACC offensive player of the year last season after rushing for 1,242 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns. He hoped to return last Saturday against Wofford but has experienced swelling and tenderness. Perry did not practice Monday and will likely be held out of drills this week.

"I talked to Bruce [on Monday], and I told him we wouldn't play him unless he was 100 percent," Friedgen said. "He's still rehabbing it. We talked about some options. He asked whether he could get a medical redshirt, and I told him I just didn't know the possibility of that."

Attaining a redshirt year might be difficult. Perry already redshirted one season, sitting out the 2000 campaign while LaMont Jordan completed his eligibility.

McBrien's homecoming

Saturday's trip to West Virginia will mark Maryland's first true road test of the season.

And for Scott McBrien, it signifies a homecoming.

The junior quarterback, who is the ACC's fourth-rated passer, transferred from West Virginia to Maryland just before the 2001 season. This weekend he will lead the Terrapins (3-2) into Morgantown, W.Va., for a nationally televised meeting with the Mountaineers (3-1).

"I think Scott's a really big competitor, so I think he's really going to be up for this game," senior center Todd Wike said. "He knows it's going to be tough going back to where he played. But knowing Scott, he's going to relish the challenge and step up and play his best game."

McBrien appeared in 10 games at West Virginia as a redshirt freshman in 2000. The Rockville native, whom Friedgen declared off limits to the media this week, has thrown for 809 yards as the Terps' starter this season.

Last week McBrien was reluctant to discuss his return to West Virginia but anticipated a typically rowdy welcome.

"That's what I expect. That's what we all expect," McBrien said. "It's always a tough atmosphere up there. You have to go up there ready to win."

Friedgen said he is not worried that the return to Mountaineer Field will hamper McBrien.

"Unless they do something illegal, none of those people in the stands are going to hit him," Friedgen said. "I told him, 'Just focus on what you've got to do and play the football game.'"

Cobourne quandary

West Virginia tailback Avon Cobourne leads the nation with 159.5 rushing yards a game and is coming off a career-high 260 yards against East Carolina last week. His backup, Quincy Wilson, scampered for 198 yards in the 37-17 win.

"Any time you have two backs essentially go over 200 yards, if that's against air, that's pretty good," Friedgen said. "They have a very good scheme, and they're doing a very good job implementing it. It's really going to be a challenge for our defense to go up there and play them."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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