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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??

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 14, 2008; 3:50 PM ET
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It is Turner's job to lose, not his job regardless. If he keeps playing like he did yesterday, he will keep the job. I just hope that he and Josh keep improving. If Turner stinks it up over the next few weeks, Jordan will get the call.

Posted by: Dave | September 14, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Turner will be the QB for the rest of the season. Portis will get a few plays here and there, but this is Turner's team.

Posted by: Terpin | September 14, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes. Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes....Yes.

Posted by: V | September 14, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

No question Turner, just on what he did last year, should have been given the starting job long before the first game. His QB statistics last year were among the best in the ACC. Steffy is a fine fellow who is just not capable of winning play at this level;he has shown that whenever given the ball. If Turner can't do the job we just don't have a QB. Asking Turner how he feels about Steffy's return only shows the questioner's lack of football knowledge. IMO

Posted by: Win | September 14, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse How quickly people forget the MTSU game. So on the season he has completed a bit more than 50% of his passes, 2 td's and 3 int's. One good win one terrible loss. He needs to prove he can be consistent before the job is his for the year.

Posted by: Lee | September 15, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse


We will have ups and downs with Turner but will never be more than medicore or bad with Steffy.

Posted by: Scott | September 15, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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