For Sunshine Cali, a Start?
As it stands now, with the sky still a little black, there is no starting quarterback formally named for Maryland’s game Saturday at Middle Tennessee State. But after spending more time yesterday than I would like to admit on Maryland’s campus, zigzagging around freshmen students, scrambling to find food and talking to a variety of football coaches, players, etc., on and off the record, it would be an upset if Chris Turner did not start the game at QB.
The announcement could come today, it could come Thursday, or it could come at 7 p.m. Saturday. But Jordan Steffy is “very questionable” to practice today because of his thumb injury, and if Steffy misses practice today, or even if he doesn't, that should make the No. 2 quarterback, Turner, the man of the moment. Yes, Josh Portis remains in competition to start Saturday, but he will see action regardless of whether he starts or not, and it would be hard to figure he would start over Turner.
The crazy thing is, Ralph Friedgen said all three quarterbacks would play this season. But no one thought he meant in every game. An interesting quarterback narrative is taking shape. All three have different styles, different personalities. All have faced adversity of various shapes and sizes over the past year.
The other inside-baseball issue: Maryland has quickly turned this from a one-day story in newspapers to an every-day story. If Steffy and Turner were permitted to speak to media yesterday, and if Ralph would have said he would stick by a healthy Steffy, the story would essentially be tapped out by now. But today, we wait to speak to Turner and Steffy and Ralph about Turner and Steffy and then write about Turner and Steffy. On and on it goes, or, as some may say, Round and Round.
Consider this, though: What happens if Turner starts and plays well Saturday and then Steffy heals for the California week? Is there another open competition? Does it come down to practice, again? Would Steffy lose his job again after being hurt? Could Turner re-gain the starting job with one victory over MTSU? Would Steffy start against California, only to hear even louder boos, which, in turn, only would rile Ralph up even more? The drama never ends with this threesome.
September 3, 2008; 6:29 AM ET
Categories: Football | Tags: Chris Turner, Jordan Steffy, Josh Portis
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