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.
|Joel Statham||2002||11||Presided over most of ugly 5-6 season in ’04; left after 2005|
|Sam Hollenbach||2002||24||Two-year starter led Terps to Champs Sports Bowl win in ‘06|
|Ryan Mitch||2003||0||Attempted one pass in two seasons before transferring|
|Jordan Steffy||2004||6||Dealt with repeated injuries, though did start openers in 2007-08|
|Chris Turner||2005||20||Helped Terps to back-to-back bowls; likely 2009 starter|
|Jeremy Ricker||2006||0||Hyped Pennsylvania product transferred after one season|
|Jamarr Robinson||2006||0||One-time grayshirt played sparingly on special teams as a redshirt freshman|
|Tyler Bass||2008||0||Released from scholarship; played two games at Memphis in ‘08|