Friedgen: Steffy has Best Control of Offense
I asked Ralph yesterday about what he has learned about Jordan Steffy after Steffy's long road back to regain the starting job. These quotes did not make the cut for my Steffy story, which should be on the Web soon and will be in tomorrow's paper. But here is Ralph:
“He showed me he has perseverance, toughness, determination. I don’t know how this whole thing is going to work out. Right now, there is no doubt in my mind he has the best control of the offense. I just hope he comes out and performs the way he is capable of performing.
“I have a lot of confidence in him. It’s the little things he does. We have two young running backs. When Jordan sees the blitz coming, he will turn around and say, ‘Hey, be alert for this.’ And he has 1,000 other things on his mind. Yet he is trying to help that kid out. He will point out who the hots are, ‘Hey, be alert.’ He manages that stuff very well.
“He is a very bright kid. With all the disappointments that he had, this is what a lot of people really don’t understand, I never saw him stop being a team player. That is very difficult for a young person to do. I never heard him rationalize or point the finger. I admire that, but that is not why he was named quarterback. He earned the spot.
“I don’t know how I could have told him that he practiced the best but we’re not going to award you the job. Where would my credibility be? How do I tell the next guy? We’ll see.
“That is no knock against Chris Turner and I am proud of him and proud of the way he has handled this situation. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. And he has gone out, practiced well, been very supportive. I have two good kids there, they are two good players. I don’t think they have reached their best yet, I think that is yet to come. They should improve this year because of the experiences they had last year. I think their expectations are higher this year. I think it is a position of strength.”
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