Quarterback breakdown

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Remember those heady days of quarterback guessing games of … well, a few weeks ago?

Then, of course, you remember the underpinnings of it.

Ralph Friedgen wanted the most consistent guy. And that guy (until he got hurt) was Jordan Steffy.

But if somehow you could line up Steffy, Chris Turner and Josh Portis (at least what we’ve seen of him, anyway) and choose among the three when they’re all playing their best, it was always sort of understood how things would work out. Under those conditions, Turner is the best option available.

He showed it again yesterday with his efficient bloodletting of the California defense in a 35-27 victory. And, really, he didn’t give Portis much of a chance to do anything.

Portis was on the field for four plays. There was a 9-yard Darrius Heyward-Bey end around, a 2-yard handoff to Da’Rel Scott, a 2-yard option keeper, and a poorly executed lateral that cost Maryland six yards.

Maryland had 67 offensive snaps. Turner took 63 of them, including the final 34. And he did well with them, completing 15 of 19 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

Take a look at the unofficial third-down numbers: 7-for-8, 84 yards, a sack and six first-down conversions.

That’s enough, barring an injury, should be enough to silence any realistic quarterback talk for a while and end the guessing games for the time being.

Patrick Stevens

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