- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 26, 2003

Maryland may return 17 starters, but Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen is still looking for chemistry and depth in today's Red-White Game at Byrd Stadium.
"I like to see how they perform when the lights come on and people are in the stands," he said. "I want to see who can play under pressure. I learn a lot in these games."
Friedgen has no set number of snaps per unit in the game. The first-team defense will face the second-team offense and the starting offense will meet the backup defense.
Backup quarterback is the biggest positional competition during the intrasquad scrimmage. The game is more about tweaking the roster after 15 spring practices while awaiting the incoming freshmen that will fill several backup roles.
Friedgen is set with returnees as the core of the team. The Terps are expected to vie for their first undefeated season since 1953. They have 21 victories in two years.
Players are thinking of their second game against Florida State Sept.6 as one of the steps to reaching a major bowl. Maryland finished second in the ACC last year to Florida State after an early 37-10 loss.
"I want to win that national championship," receiver Latrez Harrison said. "We have to beat Florida State if we want to win the national championship, so that will be our first goal."
Quarterback Scott McBrien is the starter after edging Chris Kelley last season en route to 2,497 passing yards and 15 touchdowns plus another seven rushing scores. McBrien is ahead of the team's other passers and Friedgen was undecided about whether to scale back the offense to teach the backups or advance the playbook to improve McBrien. Ultimately, the Terps have expanded their offense to progress the senior's use of the option and deeper routes.
"I probably drive our offensive coaches nuts," Friedgen said. "I juice it up a little bit. We challenge our kids, maybe sometimes too much. But if you never try it you never know. I'm looking at the defensive perspective of how people defense us. You have to find your happy medium of what Scott can do."
Maryland doesn't have a clear No.2 quarterback with Friedgen even saying Harrison could lead a wishbone in an emergency. Senior Orlando Evans has a slight edge, but freshmen Sam Hollenbach and Joel Statham are close behind. Friedgen will look more to the future when picking McBrien's backup. Rating passers 1 to 10, Friedgen said Hollenbach and Statham were 2s while McBrien was a 7.
"I'm anxious to see how they perform when they're not totally lost," Friedgen said.
Running back Bruce Perry seeks redemption after an injury-plagued season that limited him to 341 yards in six games. He gained 1,242 yards as the 2001 ACC Player of the Year. The senior refuses to even look at his name in the grandstand, listed among All-American second-teamers.
"I don't look up there that was 2001," Perry said. "Maybe I'll look back on it [some day], but hopefully there will be things to look back from this year."
Receiver Rob Abiamiri has moved to tight end to utilize his 235 pounds of blocking.
Defensively, Friedgen named D'Qwell Jackson to succeed All-American middle linebacker E.J. Henderson with highly touted incoming Wesley Jefferson as a possible backup.
Kelley will move from quarterback to be a nickel or dime back and play special teams. Friedgen said Kelley won't be an emergency passer.

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