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The Thumb

So the most talked about right thumb in College Park tonight belongs to Jordan Steffy. And only Jordan knows whether his thumb hurts or not.

Why didn’t three prominent offensive players, Edwin Williams, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Da’Rel Scott, know anything about the thumb injury?

Why didn’t Ralph Friedgen know when or how the injury occurred? Wouldn’t you know specifics about an injury to your starting quarterback?

Why didn’t any school official have any update on the severity of the injury?

Why wasn’t the injury announced during the game if that was the reason Steffy was replaced?

Why did Friedgen yank Steffy back from the media room and not allow him to explain the injury or his performance? He is a fifth-year senior.

Terps didn’t look too good tonight, but here is an optimistic thought, fans. Things are looking up because the ACC schedule is ahead. And the league looks pretty soft if Week One is any indication.

My schedule: I’m going to wait until tomorrow morning to post a ton of quotes and notes about the game. I will also have a look back at all the results of Maryland’s opponents (Check out the Cal game). Ralph talks Sunday at 4:30, so I’ll post an update on the blog. Wouldn’t surprise me if Ralph cites the ACC injury policy and doesn’t discuss The Thumb, but we will see.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 30, 2008; 11:34 PM ET
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It does not matter if Steffy's thumb was hurt or not. The coachs have not learned anythin from watching game tapes. Steffy is not able to make the throws that are needed to be made.

Posted by: | August 31, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Ralph is type of coach that you can tolerate when the team is winning but his act gets tiring when the team struggles. Steffy has no potential to improve and is mercifully done after this year. Five or six years later can Ralph just admit Steffy did not live up to his top recruit billing. It happens, so just move on. Put Tuner in and stick with him. Yes, he will make some bad decisions but the kids has shown he can also get the ball down the field. And, he has another year left after this so lets get him better. The way Ralph recruits QB's, i dont trust that anyone in the pipeline is worth throwing in their next year.

Posted by: zman | August 31, 2008 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Ralph is full of himself and cannot put aside his ego or stale approaches for the better of the team. His horrid decision making dates back to Joel Statham and continues to worsen. I'm a BIG supporter of MD football, but his act is tiresome and the administration may need to do something in the coming years. Picking Steffy is stifling to the players and fans and I see little reason to be excited about the prospects for the year other than the players working SO hard all year to put themselves in a position to win - Ralph is not doing his part...

Posted by: Terpfan | August 31, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Really painful to watch Ralph right now. I've followed this program inside and out for years and to watch him play not to lose and put the players on the verge of fear (for making a mistake or two) is the wrong way to inspire a team of young men. He does not exude confidence, but breeds major insecurity in his players. I am very close to it and it's really sad to see. He could really use some leadership training and instill some confidence in his team. Plays not to lose and is hurting the programs development right now....

Posted by: MDFootball | August 31, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Even worse: If Delaware was as good as they typically have been in past years, MD loses that game. Delaware is not that good this year and that game was close. Why MD went to a prevent on the last drive they scored is beyond me, but I was VERY encouraged by Cosh's defense..

Posted by: 1Terp | August 31, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Friedgen is just covering for Steffy. He played poorly in the third, and put in Turner.

By keeping a short leash on Steffy, while still rewarding a player who performs well in practice, Friedgen thus far has handled a tough qb situtaiton as well as anyone could.

Posted by: PhD Terp | August 31, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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