The subject of fifth-year senior Jordan Steffy surfaced today, and typically I don’t want to steal too much thunder when it’s clear what colleagues are working on.
But Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen conjured up a memory from more than three months ago when he was asked a follow-up about whether Steffy could actually get a snap or two in his final college game when the Terrapins face Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30.
“I’ve said this all along: He’s going to have to come in and win a game for us,” Friedgen said. “It wouldn’t surprise me if this is the one.”
For those who don’t remember Friedgen’s emotional guarantee back on Sept. 2, here’s a link to the proceedings from that day. Steffy’s fractured thumb had not been diagnosed, and it was uncertain who would actually start that fateful game at Middle Tennessee.
Here’s the quote of significance from that session:
“I can tell you this,” Friedgen said. “Regardless of who plays this week or next week or whatever: Jordan will come in and win a game for us before the season is over. I promise you that.”
It hasn’t happened yet; Steffy has not played since getting hurt in the season opener against Delaware.
The prediction has floated in and out of my mind throughout the season, but never in such a serious way that it warranted a mention. But if it turns out Friedgen actually called his shot (and, in the process, Steffy’s), that promise is certain to be mentioned again later this month.
Steffy, by the way, is working out as the No. 2 quarterback this month. So if something were to happen to junior Chris Turner, it would likely be Steffy who takes over for the Terps.
—- Patrick Stevens