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Turner: We want to 'murder' EMU

Ever tie a tie while driving? That was a first for me today, as I sped from Maryland’s student union after filing my story to the Comcast studio in Bethesda for Washington Post Live. Whirlwind of a day, no question. Then I sped back in time to interview quarterback Chris Turner. I’ll post the entire transcript tomorrow, but Turner was pretty blunt, saying players want to “murder Eastern Michigan” and leave no doubt. They say they have learned their lesson following the disaster in Murfreesboro. We won’t know until Saturday afternoon, but focus seems significantly sharper this week.

I was asked about the EMU punting situation on Washington Post Live, which was interesting. But Ralph Friedgen took a few minutes today – I’m serious – to break down EMU’s depth chart at the punter position, saying that EMU has used three punters this season. Two are right-footed punters. One is a left-footed punter. It matters, Friedgen said, because EMU kicks rugby style, and Maryland has to know which way the ball is going. Yes, it is that type of week, when the biggest questions on either team involve the kicking game.

I’ll be posting throughout the day tomorrow, but I’ll leave everyone with this: On TV, I asked columnist Mike Wise how many wins this season would ensure that Friedgen would keep his job. Wise said seven. I strongly believe Ralph would be safe with six victories and a bowl berth. With five victories, it would get interesting. But Wise stuck with seven. That said, it all would be a moot point if the team plays to its potential and wins eight games, which remains a possibility for this consistently inconsistent team in a conference as suspect as the ACC.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 16, 2008; 8:13 PM ET
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Despite how amazing that quote is, it is easily surpassed by:

"He's not permanently hurt, so I'm fine with that," Barnes said. "Had he died, I'd have felt bad. He can probably play next week."

Posted by: Colm | September 16, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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