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Robinson Likely to Get Some Snaps This Season

Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen has been conferring with assistants about when and how to get backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson some game action this season because coaches feel he is deserving of playing time.

While senior Chris Turner is entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback, coaches acknowledge that Robinson, a sophomore, can do some things that Turner cannot because of his athleticism, and that at times Robinson has displayed dynamic playmaking ability and a strong arm.

“I think you can win in this league with Jamarr,” offensive coordinator James Franklin said. “I hate to say it, but there are some things that remind you of a Russell Wilson-type guy,” referring to North Carolina State’s versatile quarterback.

Friedgen has seen the 6-foot, 190-pound Robinson turn a busted play into a successful one. But he has also seen him force some passes into coverage while trying to make improbable plays. Where Robinson still needs to improve, Friedgen said, is with decision-making, but coaches feel that will come in time.

Coaches would like to see Robinson continue to grow in some limited game action, preferably when Maryland has victory secured, because he has yet to take a snap in a college game. He only played in Maryland’s two JV games last season and was named offensive scout team player of the year.

“We definitely have to get him some snaps,” Friedgen said. “And I think he is deserving.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  August 28, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

Just as long as they don't try to platoon him like they did with Portis last year. When Portis came in, everyone was expecting the run. Even he agreed it wasn't the best use of his talent, which was why he transferred.

A better use would be to insert Robinson in a series. That would put the other defense on alert, since most of them would prepare only for Turner, thus it may catch them by surprise.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | August 29, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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