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Friedgen: Turner Practicing Better than Ever

Remember when lack of consistency in practice was a significant issue for quarterback Chris Turner? That seems like an awfully long time ago at this point. Over the past week, Coach Ralph Friedgen has talked about the progress of lots of the young players in camp, but had not said too much about the performance of the most important player on the team – Turner, who needs to stay healthy and consistent if Maryland has bowl hopes this season. So I asked about Turner, and Friedgen’s eyes kind of lit up.

“Chris is playing very well right now,” Friedgen said. “His decision-making is good.”

Friedgen talked about one sequence when a pass rusher jumped up in front of Turner. In the past, Turner would have his pass batted down and then get frustrated. But this week, Turner instead threw the ball sidearm, around the defender, and completed at least three passes like that.

Friedgen told offensive coordinator James Franklin, “In four years, he’s learned how to do it.”

“It’s to the point where he is not panicking,” Friedgen said. “He is reading good. His ball location is good. He is playing like a veteran quarterback. This is the best he has ever practiced. Sometimes the game just slows down for you. He is very calm and collected.”

Backup Jamarr Robinson has been up and down, but Friedgen said he practiced better Thursday.

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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