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The Running Man: Turner

This was an interesting statistic I was told yesterday. Take away sacks, and quarterback Chris Turner is averaging 3.5 yards per carry. That beats starting running back Davin Meggett’s average of 3.1 yards per carry.

"I think it adds a dimension to his game,” Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said. “Not only is Chris doing a good job with that, but I think he's taking the runs when he can. I don't think in the past he would do that as frequently as he's doing now. He's come up with some big first downs for us. Chris is a battler. I think he's battled very well. I thought he played very hard in the second half of last game. Sometimes he doesn't get the best protection. I think he's hanging in there and doing a pretty good job."

Virginia’s run defense has played very well the last two games, allowing North Carolina to rush for only 39 yards and Indiana to gain only 82 yards on the ground. Maryland, on the other hand, has not had a player rush for more than 27 yards in any of the last three games. Turner led Maryland with 27 rushing yards in Saturday's loss to Wake Forest.

When asked after the game about his role running the ball, Turner said, “I still feel goofy. But it is something that is working.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 14, 2009; 9:03 AM ET
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