- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jordan Steffy’s latest stint as Maryland’s starting quarterback lasted one game. Once again, an injury helped cut it short.

Coach Ralph Friedgen said on Wednesday morning’s ACC teleconference that Steffy would miss at least the next three weeks with a right thumb injury. X-rays revealed a ligament tore away from the bone of Steffy’s thumb.

Junior Chris Turner will start in Steffy’s place, and Josh Portis will play as well.

Steffy won the job in a three-way camp competition last month, the second straight year he earned opening day nod for the Terrapins (1-0). Last season, he started five games before a concussion suffered on a helmet-to-helmet hit sidelined him for nearly a month.

The decision to start Steffy was not popular among fans, who made their displeasure known with the choice every time Steffy made an apparent miscue in Saturday’s 14-7 victory over Delaware. Steffy was 10-for-18 for 115 yards and two interceptions against the Blue Hens.

The boos prompted Friedgen to defend his fifth-year senior on Tuesday, even going so far as to promise Steffy would come in and lead Maryland to a victory later in the season.

However, the thumb injury — apparently suffered when Steffy hit his hand on a defender’s helmet on the penultimate play of the third quarter — means that won’t happen for at least a little while.

Meanwhile, attention shifts to Turner, who pondered transferring last month before deciding to remain with the Terps after narrowly losing the job to Steffy. Turner started the final eight games last year and helped Maryland salvage an injury-riddled season by helping the Terps reach the Emerald Bowl.

“I think it was very close,” Friedgen said. “I have a lot of confidence in Chris, just as I do in Jordan. Like I said earlier, I predicted all three would play and they did.”

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