- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen jokingly ran down a mock quarterback depth chart yesterday, and when he listed a pair of reporters as the backup and third-stringer, one scribe could not help but to say “Heaven help you.”

“Heaven needs to help me,” Friedgen said with a mix of levity and seriousness.

An extra quarterback is unlikely to show up at his front door in the next few days, and the status of Jordan Steffy is uncertain after the junior suffered a concussion in Saturday’s 34-24 win over Rutgers.

“Jordan’s improving,” Friedgen said. “He’s questionable for this week. He was at practice last night. He did not participate but I’m hoping that he’ll be ready to play on Saturday.”

If Steffy was unable to play, sophomore Chris Turner — who directed the second-half comeback against Rutgers — would start for the Terps (3-2, 0-1 ACC) against Georgia Tech (3-2, 1-2) on Saturday.

Any external way of measuring Steffy’s progress was removed when Friedgen opted to completely close practice to the media. Friedgen said he wanted to get the Terps focused for Saturday and added the decision was not permanent.

Maryland officials declined to make Steffy available for interviews yesterday and said Turner would be available to the media today.

Steffy was knocked from the game after he released a pass down the left sideline. Joe Lefeged hit Steffy on the play and ACC associate commissioner Mike Finn said the league determined the hit illegal. No penalty was called by the ACC crew during the game.

“It was a helmet-to-helmet hit,” Finn said. “We just confirmed that to Maryland. It was not an intentional hit.”

Thomas’ dad on the mend

One of Maryland’s most harrowing moments in North Jersey came when Jerome Thomas, left guard Jaimie Thomas‘ father, collapsed when delivering the team devotional on Friday night.

Jaimie Thomas played the next day, but was understandably shaken by the experience.

“It was a little scary,” Thomas said. “I’ve never seen anything like that happen to him before.”

Thomas said his father is back at the family’s Harrisburg, Pa., home and is taking off work this week. Doctors have still not determined a cause for the episode.

“It wasn’t a stroke or a heart attack,” Thomas said. “Those were the main concerns I had. After that, they’re really not sure.”

Film session

Friedgen said he was disappointed Duke supplied Rutgers with film of the Terps before last week’s game in violation of ACC rules, as reported yesterday by the Baltimore Sun.

“I felt like if you’re in the league, you should abide by the league rules,” said Friedgen, who added Georgia Tech and Wake Forest had turned down requests from Rutgers.

Friedgen said he received a call from Duke football video coordinator Mitch Wilkens to apologize. Wilkens assured Friedgen that Duke coach Ted Roof did not know of the exchange.

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