- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 17, 2008

Decision day for the Maryland quarterback competition is coming.

It just didn’t arrive Saturday night.

Still, Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen is determined to make a call - likely by Monday - to get ready for the Aug. 30 opener against Delaware.

“Even if it’s wrong, we have to do something,” Friedgen said. “I think we have to start getting ready. I’m really thinking we have three quarterbacks who can play, and it wouldn’t surprise me if all three of them play during the season. That wouldn’t shock me in the least. What we have to do is get one we can win with and hopefully we can with all three of them.”

Incumbent starter Chris Turner went 8-for-16 for 124 yards and an interception, but also had a 53-yard pass to Adrian Cannon. Senior Jordan Steffy was 9-for-13 for 63 yards but also threw an interception Michael Carter returned for a touchdown. It was one of two interceptions for Carter.

Junior Josh Portis was 3-for-8 for 100 yards and a touchdown. Portis’ scoring toss was a short pass to redshirt freshman Ronnie Tyler, who weaved through the defense for a 63-yard touchdown.

Turner remains atop the depth chart posted in the Terps’ locker room, but realizes a decision on whether he’ll remain there is coming soon.

“I’m a little nervous,” Turner said. “We’ll have to see.”

Of course, this decision is hardly final, especially without any quarterback escaping the tight scrum that has existed since the start of camp.

“It’s very small,” Friedgen said. “It’s almost to the point where even if we name a guy, how much more reps [will the backup get] because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Meggett busts loose

One of the biggest surprises of camp produced another big play last night.

Freshman tailback Davin Meggett spurted around the right side for a 74-yard run to the 1, the longest play in either of Maryland’s first two scrimmages. Meggett also had a 49-yard touchdown run late in the event.

It only further cemented Meggett’s status as the Terps’ No. 2 tailback behind Da’Rel Scott. For the day, Meggett had 157 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

“He’s solidly in second place,” Friedgen said. “He might be pushing for first.”

Meanwhile, sophomore tailback Morgan Green also sat out the scrimmage. Green entered the month as Scott’s backup, but a quadriceps injury has hampered him for much of camp.

Burley, Thomas sit

Two offensive line starters were held. Seniors Scott Burley (shoulder) and Jaimie Thomas (burner) - two returning starters who have not sat out at any juncture of camp - remained on the sideline in green jerseys.

Bruce Campbell took first-team snaps at left tackle, while Lamar Young took reps at left guard.

Ailing fullbacks

Friedgen said fullback Cory Jackson’s twisted ankle was the only injury of the night, and it seems unlikely it will cost him much time. The Terps already have been without redshirt freshman Taylor Watson, who will be out another two to three weeks with an injured clavicle.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide