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November 9, 2005
Hollenbach returns to lead Terps
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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," Friedgen said.
After visiting North Carolina, the Terrapins (4-4, 2-3) host Boston College before facing North Carolina State on the road.For more coverage of the Maryland Terrapins, check out TerrapinTimes.com.