The Washington Times - August 20, 2008, 12:30PM

Just wanted to relay the quickly transcribed quotes from Maryland quarterback Chris Turner, who said he will make a decision today on whether he will remain with the Terrapins or transfer in the wake of Monday’s decision to name Jordan Steffy as the team’s starter.

* On a timeline:

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“We’re going to discuss some things this afternoon.”

* On whether he’s staying or leaving:

“I don’t know if I’m staying, I’m just leaning that way.”

* On whether he’s strongly leaning toward staying:

“I’ve been here for three years, and that’s what I’d like to do. We’ll talk about some things this afternoon between my dad and my mom and coach Friedgen.”

“To be honest, I’m not sure. Right now, I have a lot of support from my family. It doesn’t matter if people say I should stay or if I should go or this or that. I want to stay. I would never want to leave, but given the circumstances it’s something I had to consider. I’m leaning toward staying.”

* On whether the possibility of playing eventually plays a role in his decision.

“As the backup, my role is to prepare as the starter in case the starter goes down. If that’s my role, so be it. Like I said last year, I knew at some point I was going to go in. It would be wrong for me to sit here and say I’m staying because I think someone will get hurt or someone is going play poorly, but the chances of a backup playing in a 13-game season are pretty high.”

* On what this week’s been like:

“It’s been up and down, mostly up. I haven’t been too bummed out. I was bummed when I heard the news, but like I said I’ve had a lot of support from my family, friends and teammates.”

* On Friedgen’s praise for his practice work this week:

“It’s a tough situation. I don’t want my teammates to think I’m a quitter or I’m bailing on them or anything like that. Talk to anybody who knows me, I love going here more than anyone else. They know that. I guess I owe it to everyone and give my best effort on the practice field.”

Patrick Stevens