The Washington Times - April 2, 2009, 09:37AM

It happens every spring.

Basketball junkies converge on a dome to finish out the college hoops season. The Yankees are touted as probable pennant winners. Troy Glaus gets hurt (wish I’d remembered that before drafting him last weekend).


Oh, and there’s quarterback uncertainty at Maryland.

Well, not this year.

There are no rumblings about anything crazy going on in CP. Chris Turner is the guy (barring injury), and one of his top targets for next season can see a difference.

“You can definitely tell he’s more comfortable with the offense and also the leadership role,” sophomore wideout Torrey Smith said. “His arm’s definitely looking a whole lot stronger and he’s making the tough throws. He just has a great understanding.”

With Darrius Heyward-Bey off to go in the first round of the NFL Draft later this month, Smith is probably the most established of Maryland’s receivers. So who better to ask if there’s anything different about entering a season knowing who will be under center?

It’s an especially good question since there was zero certainty going into the last two years.

“I was kind of thinking about that the other day, but to be honest it really doesn’t bother me,” Smith said. “It’s D-1, so anyone who’s on the roster is definitely capable. Either way, the ball’s going to be put where it needs to be.”

That said, no one’s going to argue about an entrenched Turner heading into next season. It’s something Maryland doesn’t have to worry about, and from the Terps’ perspective, there’s probably a little Forrest Gump philosophy at work there: “That’s good, one less thing.”

—- Patrick Stevens