Turner: We are Finding Our Rhythm
Two weeks ago, quarterback Chris Turner threw three interceptions in his first start of the season against a Middle Tennessee State defense. Now he feels like he is getting into a groove. Maryland scored on nine of 13 possessions and made eight of 13 third-down conversions against Eastern Michigan.
“We have really good receivers, and it is so easy for me to throw the ball down the field,” said Turner, who has completed 30 of 42 passes the last two games combined and made several passes to receivers for big plays. “That’s what we need, chunk plays, because it keeps drives alive. It is going to be big the rest of the season.”
The offensive game plan appeared somewhat non-descript the first two weeks, but first-year coordinator James Franklin has opened up the playbook. On Saturday, Maryland used reverses and gadget plays to confound Eastern Michigan.
“There are a few plays when everyone knows it is going to be a touchdown and no one wants to mess up,” Turner said. “There is definitely that attitude. The reverses for us are not that wild. It is a running play for us. We have to utilize that when we go into the ACC. Darrius [Heyward-Bey] can get around the edge. … Anytime he touches the ball, he has a chance to score a touchdown. … Hopefully [these plays] keep defenses off edge a little bit, a little wrinkle here and there. We’re pretty good at running the ball up the middle.”
Turner was on the sideline in the fourth quarter, when backup Josh Portis handed the ball off to Heyward-Bey, who flipped a lateral to Danny Oquendo, who fired a pass downfield to Isaiah Williams for a touchdown.
“I told Danny before the game, ‘If you throw a touchdown and I don’t, we can’t be friends anymore,’” Turner said. “It was a really good throw.”
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