Franklin: Turner gives us the best chance to win
I asked offensive coordinator James Franklin whether quarterback Chris Turner still gives Maryland the best chance to win, and Franklin said: “No doubt about it. If you look at practice, there is still a pretty good gap with Chris and Jamarr [Robinson], and that is no disrespect to Jamarr."
Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen is concerned that Turner may have “misconstrued” comments Friedgen made Sunday night, when he told reporters that if losing should continue he would need to start making plans for the future and play non-senior quarterbacks.
Turner sent Franklin a text Sunday asking if anything had changed with the quarterback position.
“I said, ‘No,’” Franklin said. “From everything I know, things are still the same. Every week we have planned on playing Jamarr [Robinson] based on how he practiced. We would like to get him in a game. I’ve wanted to get him in every single game.”
I talked to Turner’s father, John Turner, for a while Tuesday afternoon. On a Maryland message board, John Turner had made clear his disappointment with Friedgen’s comments Sunday.
When I asked John Turner on Tuesday about his feelings toward Friedgen, he said Friedgen's comments on Sunday “were probably taken out of context. I am just glad we understand what he meant to say.”
John Turner also said that both he and Friedgen are emotional and often respond in emotional ways – which is true.
October 21, 2009; 10:11 AM ET
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