The Washington Times - September 3, 2008, 11:51AM

Just got off the ACC teleconference with Ralph Friedgen. Even punched in the *-1 to get a question in before he started.

And he went ahead and answered the question for me.


“We got news yesterday that Jordan Steffy will be out indefinitely with a thumb injury,” Friedgen said. “Chris Turner will start the game and Josh Portis will play.”

There’s still stuff to ask there. So, just what is Steffy’s injury?

“He has a ligament that tore away from the bone,” Friedgen said. “[He’s out] a minimum of three weeks.”

Needless to say, that doesn’t sound too much fun. And the guess here is that Ralph had a decent idea the news would not be good about this time yesterday, when he offered up an extended defense of the fifth-year senior.

If the time-line holds, Steffy could be back in time for the Clemson trip on Sept. 27. After that is an Oct. 4 game at Virginia, then a bye week.

If the same thing that happened last year occurs, Turner might have won the job by then with one or two sizzling performances. Or maybe things will be just as muddled when Steffy is ready to go again.

One last question for Ralph: How’s Turner practiced the last few days?

“He’s looked OK,” Friedgen said.

Not much of an endorsement. But if Turner can lead Maryland to a convincing victory at Middle Tennessee on Saturday, it would probably mean more than a superlative showing on a Tuesday in College Park.

—- Patrick Stevens