QBs on even ground

August 19, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich

So how close is the competition between quarterbacks Josh Portis and Chris Turner?

"Right now I would say they're about even Steven," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "You have to factor in the fact that Josh is more mobile. Josh is getting better. The little things are killing him. If he could just get through this stage where he could clean up ... he gets a lot of delay of games, signals; he doesn't have a great grasp of yet. His footwork I see getting better. Sometimes, I think the reads are running together for him a little bit right now."

Turner, Friedgen said, is hitting the wall a little bit, but stays poised.

Jordan Steffy was telling Friedgen what plays to call Thursday.

"I called a couple of the plays he wanted, and he executed them. I couldn't see Sam [Hollenbach] doing that, but Jordan's kind of got that, which is OK. That doesn't mean I'm going to call them, but he's entitled to his opinion."

Here's how the quarterbacks fared in Friedgen's mock scrimmage Thursday, complete with Atlantic Coast Conference officials:

Steffy was 18-for-23 for 174 yards and one interception. He had two plays of more than 20 yards.

Turner was 5-for-10, with no interceptions.

Portis was 7-for-10 for 40 yards.

Running back Morgan Green was out again Friday. Friedgen acknowledged that Green has a hamstring injury and said linebacker Chase Bullock is out with an ankle injury.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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