QB decision still in air

Meggett gains ground

August 17, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen still hasn't named his starting quarterback, but yesterday's scrimmage brought him closer to that decision.

Friedgen said he will look at the film of the scrimmage and make a decision by tonight or tomorrow.

"Even if it's the wrong one, I have to name someone by Monday," Friedgen said. "I really think we have three quarterbacks who can play, and it wouldn't surprise me if all three play this season. But what we have to do is find one who we can win with."

Friedgen rotated Chris Turner, Josh Portis and Jordan Steffy throughout the 2-hour, 15-minute scrimmage and each of the three gave him something to think about.

"Turner played better," Friedgen said. "Jordan threw an interception at the end, and Portis had opportunities. He did OK, but has to make more plays."

Turner went 8-for-16 for 124 yards, Portis 3-for-8 for 100 yards and Steffy 9-for-13 for 63 yards. Each led the Terps to at least one touchdown. Portis produced two.

For the second straight scrimmage, Davin Meggett stood out. The freshman running back carried 12 times for 159 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown. After catching a 63-yard pass that officials ruled was just short of the goal line, Meggett followed a block into the end zone.

"I'm making my reads better and hitting my holes," Meggett said. "But it was really the blocking by my teammates that allowed me to make the plays."

Friedgen said after the scrimmage that the Clinton native has earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Da'Rel Scott.

Meggett's ability to follow his blocks into open spaces, however, created some concern for Maryland's defense.

"Our defense has dominated our offense for a lot of camp," Friedgen said. "It was a little surprising to see that happen. But maybe it's a good thing. When Davin came to our camp, I fell in love with him. I've learned my lesson. When I see a fast athlete who is also a good student, I take them because God only made so many of them."

Quarterbacks, on the other hand, Maryland has by the handful. And they watch the team's depth chart daily for any clue about their futures.

"The depth chart hasn't changed since the beginning of camp," Turner said.

"It's really a 1A and 1B deal," he added. "It was made very clear to me that it was open competition."

When he was told Friedgen had said all three could play this season, Portis laughed.

"We could be a three-headed monster," he said. "You never know. We have to have fun with it. I just want the team to win, no matter who the quarterback is."

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

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