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Turner Settles Down

Maryland quarterback Chris Turner had an interesting day Saturday.

He had an inauspicious start. He overthrew a couple open players. He fumbled a snap. He nearly threw an interception. And for much of the first quarter, reporters eyed backup Jamarr Robinson warming up on the sideline.

But Robinson never relieved Turner, who settled down and wound up having a strong performance. Turner completed 19 of 26 passes for 215 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Offensive coordinator James Franklin said he saw improvement in Turner’s game management.

“He was getting the ball out quick,” Franklin said. “Our guys were making some plays for him; even the end of the game, trying to milk the clock as much as he could. Early in the game I thought he missed some throws he could have made, but other than that I thought he was pretty sharp.”

Turner also had a career-high 17 rushing attempts Saturday, totaling six net yards.

“You go back and study the last opponents” of Clemson, Franklin said. “You look at TCU. TCU has as much success against them as anybody running the quarterback. You are going to steal little ideas here and there. We are going to run Chris a little bit to keep people honest, but that is not his break and butter, obviously. But I do think the few things we did helped us.”

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 1:24 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

Was Robinson warming up to replace Turner completely? I thought I heard that they had a few packages just for him (much like those for Portis last year). Turner ran with the ball pretty effectively in the second quarter...seemed like Clemson caught on in the second half.

Posted by: skd2 | October 5, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Empty seats and unsold suites. It's time to start thinking about 2010 and see if Jamarr can actually play. Put him in coach. If he can't make any plays now, odds are he isn't capable of being the starter next year. Eliminating him from the competition for next year's job now only helps the 2 freshmen as they battle for #1 in the spring.

Posted by: goochlandterp | October 5, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Was Robinson warming up to replace Turner completely? I thought I heard that they had a few packages just for him (much like those for Portis last year). Turner ran with the ball pretty effectively in the second quarter...seemed like Clemson caught on in the second half.

Posted by: skd2 | October 5, 2009 5:24 PM

I have witnessed Robinson warming up all year long. Last year, I witnessed Steffy warming up. This is what is called "routine." Another name for it is "not news."

Posted by: Barno1 | October 5, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

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