At QB, Three's a Crowd?
A quarterback update expected from Ralph Friedgen a little after noon at his weekly press conference, but here are some thoughts about all three quarterbacks:
Jordan Steffy: Watched the game tape of that third quarter twice at an undisclosed location, even watched Jordan Steffy’s fumble in slow motion, and Steffy was not shown by the television cameras to favor the right hand at all. He was not shown favoring it immediately after the play, and he was not shown favoring it early in the fourth quarter. However, when backup Chris Turner was shown warming up on the sideline with a little more than 12 minutes remaining, the play-by-play commentator said Steffy had “gotten shaken up on that last drive; his elbow got hit as he released the football.” The broadcaster later said he was unaware of the severity of the injury to the “elbow.” With two minutes remaining in the game, the broadcaster repeated that Steffy left with an "elbow" injury. With one minute remaining, however, I caught a glimpse of Steffy standing near Friedgen with a towel of some sort over his right hand; and it was tucked under his left arm.
Chris Turner: If Steffy sits the MTSU game, either because of Steffy’s injury or performance, it creates another interesting dynamic. Because Ralph Friedgen acknowledged the results of that player poll by James Franklin, Turner would go into the game as the starter even though he had the support of no more than one-third of the veteran player polled about the quarterback competition. For what it’s worth, he would seemingly have the support of 90 percent of the fans I have heard from.
Josh Portis: So Portis got in for four plays, chose to run on all four. He gained 13 yards, but had a net of 10 yards on the day. Ralph said he called the wrong play on at least one play, which remains problematic. If nothing else, Friedgen thinks using Portis for a few plays in specific situations can give Da’Rel Scott a much-needed breather or two. Scott carried the ball 26 times Saturday and has been tending to a leg infection. Getting Morgan Green back from that quadriceps injury will help.
Will be a busy day.
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