Touchdown Turner

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It doesn’t seem like much that Chris Turner has thrown a touchdown strike in four straight games.

But just as you can easily tick off some of his targets – Darrius Heyward-Bey at Middle Tennessee, Dan Gronkowski and Heyward-Bey against both California and Eastern Michigan, Torrey Smith at Clemson – it’s difficult to come up with similar runs in the last few seasons for Terps quarterbacks.

Well, it’s only happened once before during the post-Scott McBrien years. That was when Sam Hollenbach tossed TDs in four straight at the end of Maryland’s fortunate five-game winning streak in 2006.

Here’s the list of most consecutive games with a touchdown pass for a Maryland quarterback since 1998:

5: Shaun Hill (Nov. 4, 2000-Sept. 8, 2001)
5: Scott McBrien (Nov. 1, 2004-Jan. 1, 2004)

4: Shaun Hill (Nov. 3, 2001-Jan. 2, 2002)
4: Scott McBrien (Sept. 20, 2003-Oct. 11, 2003)
4: Sam Hollenbach (Oct. 21, 2006-Nov. 11, 2006)
4: Chris Turner (Sept. 6, 2008-present)

I don’t know who holds the school record; I would be inclined to think Scott Milanovich and Boomer Esiason are the most likely possibilities, with John Kaleo something of a darkhorse given how prolific Maryland’s offense was in the second half of 1992. If anyone wants to offer up some help, I’ll happily take it.

But regardless of who actually owns the record, Turner has done well over the last month (and the last three weeks in particular). And, like Jeremy Navarre alluded to after Saturday’s game, Turner really is an excellent barometer in determining how Maryland will play on a given day.

Patrick Stevens

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