At QB, Terps make Steffy their No. 2 man

August 28, 2004|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen figured quarterback Jordan Steffy could be a good player for the Terps when he signed last spring. He just didn't think Steffy could be this good, this soon.

Steffy has shown Friedgen and offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe this preseason that he's a quick study, and yesterday they rewarded him by naming him Maryland's No. 2 quarterback behind starter Joel Statham.

Steffy, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound freshman, hasn't played his best football of late, but Friedgen said Steffy's poise and playmaking abilities outweighed some of the mistakes he has made.

"He's the most accurate of all our quarterbacks," Friedgen said. "We think he has a very bright future."

Steffy beat out second-year freshman Ryan Mitch, who rebounded with a good scrimmage Thursday after skipping two practices while he considered transferring. Sophomore Sam Hollenbach, who entered the preseason second on the depth chart, fell to fourth after throwing two interceptions in the scrimmage.

"I feel good about how things have gone," Steffy said. "I felt good during the scrimmage, and I'm picking up things out there. I just want to keep learning and be ready to play whenever they need me."

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