Turner: It is so Gratifying
Saturday was a bellwether game for Chris Turner just as much as it was for Coach Ralph Friedgen. Turner had thrown three interceptions against Middle Tennessee and had watched unheralded MTSU QB Joe Craddock complete 19 passes before Turner completed his first.
So Friedgen met with Turner on Thursday and asked him how he played against MTSU.
“I don’t think I played well,” Turner told Friedgen.
Friedgen agreed. But there was something else Friedgen wanted to tell him. Friedgen said that he has all the confidence in the world in Turner and that the team often plays how Turner plays.
“Take what the defense gives you,” Friedgen said.
It is a bit of a cliché, but it worked in Turner’s case. He did a great job converting third downs, sustaining long drives and finding open receivers.
“It is so gratifying,” Turner said. “I have been saying it all week, if we just play our game we would have a shot. We ended up gashing them a couple times and found some soft spots. Anytime you can run the ball, it will open up the passing game.”
What does his performance mean for the long term? When asked about when Jordan Steffy returns in a few weeks, Turner said: “I’m just playing to win games, and whatever happens happens.”
I have a yes or no question for everyone. Has Turner already done enough to keep the starting job when Steffy returns? That means, regardless of what Turner does the next few weeks, should he still be the starter in mid-October??
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