- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Scott McBrien is expected to play in Maryland’s season opener despite suffering a groin pull Monday.

The senior quarterback will be re-evaluated daily, and could return to practice as early as tomorrow as the nationally 15th ranked Terrapins continue preparing for the Aug.28 opener at Northern Illinois.

Orlando Evans practiced with the first team through both practices yesterday, and should do the same in today’s single workout. McBrien was among a group of players who left practice yesterday morning to receive treatment for injuries.

The list of casualties include four probable starters — tailback Bruce Perry (high ankle sprain), kick returner/wide receiver Steve Suter (pulled hamstring), guard Lamar Bryant (broken foot) and linebacker Shawne Merriman (torn knee cartilage) — who likely will miss the opener.

A prolonged absence by McBrien would be a significant blow to the Terps, particularly since Maryland doesn’t have a seasoned reserve.

McBrien had a breakout year last season when he started all 14 games and led the Terps to an 11-3 record. The 6-foot southpaw was 12th in the nation in passing efficiency and was named offensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, where he led the Terps to a 30-3 win over Tennessee.

In contrast, none of the other quarterbacks has completed a pass in a Division I game. Evans, a 6-foot, 202-pound junior college transfer, began as third-team last season behind Chris Kelley, who now plays safety, before tearing the ACL in his left knee in his only appearance in a mop-up role against Eastern Michigan.

The Terps came into the season looking for a No.2 quarterback in a competition among fifth-year senior Evans and redshirt freshmen Sam Hollenbach and Joel Statham. Evans lost ground when he missed the first four practices with shortness of breath and underwent heart tests.

Evans, who began his career at the University of Oregon, now seems to have separated himself as the Terps’ top backup. He completed 14 of 20 pass for 174 yards in Sunday’s team scrimmage.

“I have been very pleased with what Orlando has done to this point,” offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe said.

The extra work for Evans may prove to be beneficial to the Terps in the long run. The Maryland coaching staff welcomes the insurance Evans provides, but the coaches are optimistic they won’t require his services when the season begins in eight days.

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