"[Neil O'Donnell] was No. 1 at the end of spring but [Scott Zolak] made tremendous strides and showed a lot to our whole staff," said Bob Valesente, Maryland's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. "I feel good having two quarterbacks that love to compete. Neil just happens to be ahead now and he's got experience under his belt."
Dan Henning was shaken up toward the end of the second quarter. O'Donnell came in and put together an 80-yard drive on his first series. Later, after Duke had taken a 19-7 lead, O'Donnell and Maryland rallied for 16 straight points. The last two, scored on a pass from O'Donnell to Vernon Joines, came with 1:21 left in the game and gave Maryland a 23-22 victory.
For his five games, O'Donnell was 71 of 111 (64 percent) for 913 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He started the three games following the victory over Duke-losses to North Carolina, Penn State and Clemson. Coach Joe Krivak started Henning in the finale, against Vanderbilt, partly because of Henning's relief performance against Clemson and partly to allow Henning to end his college career as a starter. But now the spot is O'Donnell's to keep or lose.
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