COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Sam Hollenbach will start at
quarterback Saturday for Maryland, which must win two of its final
three games to become eligible for a bowl bid.
Hollenbach strained his left shoulder on Oct. 20 against
Virginia Tech and ran only five plays in the Terrapins' 35-27 loss
to Florida State nine days later. He's been running practice with
the first team this week, and coach Ralph Friedgen expects the
6-foot-5 junior to lead the offense at North Carolina.
"I don't think he's like he was before he got hurt, but I think
he's back to being able to play at full capacity, let's put it that
way," Friedgen said Tuesday. "Obviously we're concerned at how he
holds up, but I'm hoping he'll be able to run the whole thing."
Hollenbach wasn't supposed to play against the Seminoles, but
entered late in the first quarter after backup Joel Statham failed
to produce any points. Hollenbach completed his only pass, a
29-yarder, but took a hard hit shortly thereafter that forced him
back to the bench.
Hollenbach is 128-for-204 for 1,700 yards and eight touchdowns.
He's ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing
efficiency and has run for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
He could be without key receivers Jo Jo Walker (leg injury) and
Drew Weatherly (concussion), both of whom are questionable for
Saturday. Friedgen said Walker's injury occurred in practice, but
did not explain how Weatherly hurt his head.
One of the players in last week's brawl at an off-campus bar
reportedly received a concussion, but Friedgen would not discuss
the fight or the four suspensions that stemmed from the incident.
He also ordered his players to avoid the topic.
"It's behind me, and I'm not talking about it anymore,"
After visiting North Carolina, the Terrapins (4-4, 2-3) host
Boston College before facing North Carolina State on the road.