Friedgen still unsure about starting Steffy

QB slowly recovering after illegal hit

Maryland Football

October 04, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

College Park -- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen last night backed off his statement earlier in the day that quarterback Jordan Steffy would start Saturday against Georgia Tech if he is healthy.

"It's questionable," Friedgen said after practice. "I don't know what I would do. I'm just waiting to see if I have a decision by game time."

Friedgen initially gave Steffy the nod, if able, during yesterday's Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference.

Regardless of what Friedgen wants to do, Steffy still hasn't been cleared to play Saturday by the Terps' medical staff, although he practiced yesterday, Friedgen said.

"He did OK," Friedgen said. "He's slow. He's progressing. He's a little bit better than he was [Tuesday], but he's still questionable for the game."

Steffy was diagnosed with a slight concussion after an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit late in the first quarter against Rutgers on Saturday.

In Steffy's absence, backup quarterback Chris Turner, who led the Terps to a 34-24 upset of then-No. 10 Rutgers, would be the starter. Turner completed 14 of 20 passes for a career-high 149 yards, and was successful on seven of eight passes on third down.

Erin Henderson, who had a magnetic resonance imaging on his knee Monday, is also questionable and practiced sparingly yesterday, Friedgen said.

"I don't know if he's going to make it or not," Friedgen said.

Friedgen said he has decided on his No. 3 quarterback, but declined to say who he is. Practices are closed this week.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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