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Maryland could play three quarterbacks Saturday

Like it or not, Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen may play as many as three quarterbacks Saturday against Virginia Tech.

That’s right, starter Chris Turner is still listed as questionable with an MCL injury to his left knee. Backup Jamarr Robinson, who saw his first significant action Saturday in the N.C. State loss, is guaranteed to play, and probably play a lot, but it remains to be seen if he will start and play the entire game. And then there is freshman Danny O’Brien, whom Friedgen has wanted to play the last two games. Friedgen said there is still a chance O’Brien could burn his redshirt by playing in one or more of the final three regular season games.

The other issue of note to emerge from Tuesday’s sparsely attended news conference was that linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield may play Saturday. Hartsfield (broken wrist) will practice without contact today. Running back Da’Rel Scott (broken forearm) who most likely return Nov. 21 against Florida State will also practice without contact this week.

Offensive coordinator James Franklin will remain on the field for the third straight game Saturday, and will likely operate in that capacity the rest of the season. The players asked Franklin to do it. Friedgen does not have a preference. And with a young team, it enables Franklin to better communicate and interact with players.

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 10, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
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If Fridge puts in the freshman QB I will be beyond livid. There is no point to it at all, unless you consider any of these valid points:

1. O'Brien running around for his life all day because of our inexperience line
2. the kid losing confidence, not just after a bad outing against a better team, but also in the coaching staff (he doesn't want to play this year)
3. him losing his redshirt 9 games into a putrid season (what are we going to redshirt him next year? no chance)

Ralph, give the kid 4 solid years to play ball... starting next season.

Posted by: RickyBobby | November 10, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

If "good guys wear white" wouldn't that make all Terps fans who participate "bad guys?"

Do you really want to portray those who support troops as "bad guys?"

Posted by: fushezzi | November 10, 2009 1:54 PM

Is this serious? If someone can't tell the difference between a college gimmick and support for troops well then, they're an absolute moron.

Speaking of which, I see Barno1 took his hand at answering all of fushezzi's questions.

And we all know Steinberg/The Bog/Bog Q/A are all missing Barno1 so much

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 10, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry Ricky Bobby, Barno1 will be here soon enough to tell us how smart .500-Fridge is for doing what he's doing. He'll be telling the rest of us who "real" fans are and will brag about his own fandom.

With that said, I like to think of Jesus like with giant eagles wings, and singin' lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with like an angel band and I'm in the front row and I'm hammered drunk!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 10, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances of a much improved o-line next year? We are starting youth and walk-ons right now, burning through their redshirts I believe. Does anyone (ok, I suspect Barno would) have a good grasp of next year's o-line? I know we lose either Campbell or Costa to graduation. We will likely still be starting walk-ons through next year unless there is some help on the way that I am unaware of.

The fact is, VT is not a team we want to start a rookie against in any circumstances. And yes, I am loathe to burn a redshirt on the next potential great MD QB on a lost season with minimal protection for him. My concern is that it might not be any easier next year given the current state of the o-line and its potential for improvement between seasons.

How soon until BBall?


Posted by: HughGRection | November 11, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

And another thing....

The turnovers that have cost us so many of these games. If the turnover situation was not so egregious, we could easily be in the bowl hunt. Not Poopy-expected-BCS-type-bowls but c'mon, a lot of these losses were the team playing like crap as opposed to getting out-played. Back in the winning seasons, MD did not make these sort of stupid mistakes as often as they have this season. Is it a discipline issue, a coaching issue, or a cumulative set of bad breaks? Especially early in the season when the tone was set. Ok so add that to my wish list - we need a much improved o-line as well as a means of reducing the turnovers. I mean, D. Scott fumbling that many times early in the year? Where did that come from? And turner an interception machine? Ok, and a new QB (obviously, since Turner will be done with the college game).

Play the youth, but try not to burn redshirts needlessly and focus on the fundamentals such as holding onto the ball.

Not sure that burning redshirts bodes well for next year; spring football is more important to get them ready. And we've already burned quite a few this season.

Looking at how we lost these games - it all comes down to turnovers. Not turning the ball over masks a whole lot of sins. Then again, winning games does an even better job of masking sins - even if the team barely wins.

So....are the turnovers a coaching issue? Especially in the D. Scott case, the drops came from nowhere.

Regards to all -


Posted by: HughGRection | November 11, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with Fridge burning O'Brien's redshirt. We have two QB's in this class, one of which will for sure redshirt. We have two QB's who will be coming in next year. So you all think we need 4 freshman QB's? We need to find out which QB is the solution for next year now. The season is lost so it's time to prepare for next year.

Posted by: aviscardo | November 11, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

This season has been lost since the Mid-Tenn game...This 'young' team has shown no, real sign of improvement.. It is what it is, A BAD TEAM.... That being said, don't play O'Brien behind this o-line, it will do more harm than good, perhaps literally...It's going to feel like a home game for Tech anyway.. Tailgate starts at 7AM this week, gotta start early to watch this year.. Of course, the cops will come by and tell his to 'put away' the booze.. Can't have that type of atmosphere at a MD. tailgate.. C'MON MAN!!!!

Posted by: frostanna | November 11, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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