The trouble with quarterbacks

← return to D1SCOURSE

Just wanted to toss out a chart I filed for today’s dead-tree edition that accompanied a story on Maryland’s recruiting of quarterbacks.

Really, it’s not a new phenomenon. The two best quarterbacks Ralph Friedgen has recruited and developed are Sam Hollenbach and Chris Turner. Both had serious thoughts of transferring in the middle of their careers, and while Hollenbach was certainly an afterthought entering his third season in the program, Turner sure seemed to be in that ballpark as well.

Yet they’re the ones who thrived, presiding over winning seasons and combining for three bowl appearances. Otherwise, it’s not a terribly productive bunch. Jordan Steffy’s chances of becoming the dream quarterback for Friedgen’s system were badly damaged by injuries, and the jury’s still out on Jamarr Robinson. But no one else on the list did much to help the on-field product.

Here’s the rundown of the quarterbacks recruited and signed by Friedgen since he took over before the 2001 season – a group supplemented today by C.J. Brown and Danny O’Brien.

QBSignedStartsResults
Joel Statham200211Presided over most of ugly 5-6 season in ’04; left after 2005
Sam Hollenbach
200224Two-year starter led Terps to Champs Sports Bowl win in ‘06
Ryan Mitch20030Attempted one pass in two seasons before transferring
Jordan Steffy
20046Dealt with repeated injuries, though did start openers in 2007-08
Chris Turner
200520Helped Terps to back-to-back bowls; likely 2009 starter
Jeremy Ricker20060Hyped Pennsylvania product transferred after one season
Jamarr Robinson
20060One-time grayshirt played sparingly on special teams as a redshirt freshman
Tyler Bass
20080Released from scholarship; played two games at Memphis in ‘08

Patrick Stevens

← return to D1SCOURSE

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Happening Now