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By BOB PARASILITI | November 1, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Old philosophy states that if it's not broken, don't fix it. Things have been on the fritz lately for the University of Maryland football team. Now, coach Ralph Friedgen is considering a do-it-yourself fix-it plan. The Terrapins head into their ninth game at North Carolina at the same place they were in after their fourth game - thinking about a change at starting quarterback. Friedgen is considering going back to Jordan Steffy as the No. 1 signal caller over the emerging Chris Turner.
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By BOB PARASILITI | October 18, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen loves options. The more he has, the better. They carry over to his preferred style of offense. But right now, Friedgen finds himself dealing with a limited number of options. That number is one, and it is making him feel a little uneasy. Last week's bye became a drawing-board week for the Terrapins before they began preparing for Saturday's game with Virginia, which will be televised on ESPN2. It was a different kind of preparation.
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By BOB PARASILITI | October 17, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Initially, the University of Maryland football team gives the impression that Chris Turner is all it has at quarterback. But as time goes by, there is a sense that the sophomore quarterback is all the Terps need. Turner, the third-stringer thrust into the starting roll after academic and injury casualties, will start again for the Terrapins on Saturday night when they host Virginia on Homecoming in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen confirmed Turner will be the starter, but made it sound like he didn't have any other choice since original starter Jordan Steffy is unavailable.
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By BOB PARASILITI | October 10, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - At first glance, Chris Turner looks like a budding rocker on American Idol. And to be honest, the University of Maryland's blonde, curly haired quarterback is in the same boat as any of those singing contestants. His fate and immediate future is in the hands of the judges. Even after throwing for 255 yards and a touchdown in his first start and leading the Terrapins to a 28-26 win over Georgia Tech at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, he's still in the final two for the job. It is still down to Turner and opening-day starter Jordan Steffy, who missed Saturday's game with the remnants of a concussion, for the right to be the reigning Terrapin Idol.
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By MATTHEW BARAKAT | October 6, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ? In his first career start, Chris Turner threw for 255 yards, and Lance Ball ran for three touchdowns as Maryland barely held on for a 28-26 victory Saturday over Georgia Tech. Travis Bell sent a 52-yard field goal attempt wide right with 54 seconds remaining. Andrew Gardner was whistled for holding on the previous play, knocking the Yellow Jackets back 10 yards and preventing them from lining up for what would have been a 40-yard try. Turner had three passes of longer than 40 yards in the first half, including the first touchdown pass of his career, a 78-yard strike to Jason Goode.
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By BOB PARASILITI | October 3, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen may have started a controversy by trying to stop one. The question was about the status of Maryland starting quarterback Jordan Steffy, who left last Saturday's game at Rutgers with a concussion just before halftime. The answer had more wiggle room than Jell-O on a cruise ship at sea. "Jordan is improving. He's questionable for this week," Friedgen said Tuesday during his weekly media conference.
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By BOB PARASILITI | September 6, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland football team was already walking a tightrope when the season started. The Terrapins were trying to balance the strengths of returning skill players with the talents of unproven quarterback Jordan Steffy. Last week's first performance was successful in a 31-14 win over Villanova. But now, the Terps' high-wire act gets a tad more difficult. Maryland is now working without a net. The Terps anticipated for Steffy to share time behind center with Josh Portis, a player coach Ralph Friedgen planned to look to in certain situations because of his explosive play-making ability.
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By BOB PARASILITI | September 2, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jordan Steffy answered Ralph Friedgen's prayers ... twice. As the University of Maryland's head coach and offensive coordinator, Friedgen admitted he only wanted the very best for Steffy in his first start at quarterback. "I was praying for him," Friedgen admitted after the Terrapins' 31-14 victory over Villanova on Saturday at Byrd Stadium. "He didn't play tight. He played like he has been at practice. He was out there having fun. " Steffy did all he needed to do in efficient fashion with his 19-of-24 passing for 174 yards and his 47 yards rushing and one touchdown in his long-awaited starting debut.
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By BOB PARASILITI | August 30, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jordan Steffy was sure of one thing when it came to becoming the University of Maryland's starting quarterback. He wasn't going to be an Indian giver. The redshirt junior entered spring practice and summer training camp as the top candidate to replace Sam Hollenbach as Maryland's quarterback. And as unofficial as it was, the last thing he was going to do was give the job back. "To be honest, I came into camp as the starter and approached it like it was my job," Steffy said calmly Tuesday during Maryland's weekly media conference, before he starts as the Terrapins' quarterback in Saturday's home and season opener against Villanova.
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By BOB PARASILITI | August 16, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - To Josh Portis, practice is a necessary evil. In fact, it is both necessary and evil at the same time. That's the world Portis is living in during the University of Maryland's football training camp. He is a player in the competition for the Terrapins' starting quarterback positions with Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner. By the same token, he is limited to what he can show. Portis, a cousin to the Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis, transferred from the University of Florida for a chance to be the Terps' quarterback.
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