What they're saying about the Terps

What they're saying about the Terps

There are 10 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 25, 2008, titled What they're saying about the Terps. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Terps: Updated July 25 ESPN.com's Heather Dinich ranks the Terps' linebacking corps as the fourth best in the ACC : This could be one of the ...

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Scott G

Alexandria, VA

#1 Jul 26, 2008
I think the FoxSPorts.com assessment of QB was spoton. I am surprised how Portis has pratically dropped off the map.
Bryce Be Quick

Lansdale, PA

#2 Jul 26, 2008
Portis is a react guy, Steffy is slow to react, and the Franklin scheme requires a READ QUICK and react QB. Sorry, Ralph: know you like the kid from Contestoga Valley High in Lancaster and so do I, but the more reps you get Turner, the better things will turn out this Fall. Realize his Southern California persona drives you crazy at times, Coach, just like then-drama major Tim O'Hare did with Coach Claiborne back in 1978, but that's part of what makes the kid mentally tough enough to play in your system.

Woodstock, MD

#3 Jul 26, 2008
Maryland will finish in last place in the ACC
ron nixon

Dover, TN

#4 Jul 26, 2008
the dislike of the coach for turner is obvious, and i believe he wants his lack of effort in practice to bring him down. sorry, just my opinion. egos of coaches do get in the way. we all know that turner is the best he has. only a few bright spots on either side of the ball. they may win 6 games.

Baltimore, MD

#5 Jul 26, 2008
Best o-line in ACC + defense led by Wujciak, Philisten, Moten, and Perez = Terps take the ACC and play in BCS bowl game.

Frederick, MD

#6 Jul 26, 2008
Maryland has a chance to when 8 or 9 games and go to a respectable bowl game (meaning on the East coast). But they have to execute, which they have done poorly the past two years. Here are the keys.

Put the ball more often in the hands of the speed guys on offense. Heywood-Bey had three touchdown receptions last year. That's embarrasing. And Scott can also fly at running back.

Stay healthy. That's a crapshoot, but you can't lose both of your starting guards to broken legs again.

The defense has to pressure the other teams quarterback. And there is some question about whether the D-line is strong enough, even though they got a couple of gamers (e.g., Navarre). Need to incorporate the linebackers into the pass rush and the D-line is the key by opening up holes in the other teams offensive line.

And last, who's the quarterback? Portis is the most talented, but has he learned the offense? Remember Scott McBrien. Average skills, but what did he do well? Execute and not make mistakes. That may well mean Turner is the guy. Forget Steffy. He's already had too many concusions.

So whatta you think?

Silverdale, PA

#7 Jul 26, 2008
If Fridge lets his ego get in the way and starts Steffy, the Terps will waste a season. The guy has no arm, makes horrible game decisions and always seems intimidated on the field. Maybe he's worried about his health. Tell you what, Fridge starts the guy and he suffers another concussion - heaven forbid a serious one - and say goodnight. Haven't we had enough problems at Maryland? The Terps have a great offensive line, Bey, and three quality wide receivers coming in. If the run the ball with their combo backs, they should have time to throw. That suits Turner, who stays in the pocket and can get the ball deep. Anyone paying attention to the recruiting class coming in 09 knows the Terps are landing some big time players on both sides of the ball. This is a top 10 program around the corner if Fridge doesn't play politics and puts his best players on the field.
Scott G

Alexandria, VA

#8 Jul 27, 2008
I am fearful of Steffy playing. And I have no inside information, I will say that, but he is just injury prone, and the concussions? I would rather see UMD go 0-12 than see a player go into , well brain damage unit. I can't think of a better way to say it. Steffy, I like the guy, but I think he will be a better coach than a QB. If Fridge goes with Steffy, I will say my prayers, not on the gamme, but on his health.
Jay Z

Huntingtown, MD

#9 Jul 28, 2008
we all know how senior QB's in the system have had there best seasons at the right time. i dont care who gets us to a big bowl. just win Terps.

Oakton, VA

#10 Jul 31, 2008
Fridge needs to concentrate on the future. He has a great situation with Turner's experience last year and Portis' skills. Portis in the redzone and Turner getting them there would be a tough offense to stop. Furthermore they can take this scheme into next year as well. Steffy has done the time and has been an incredible team player, but this isn't high school sports, this is the ACC and the best players need to be on the field. Anyone agree?

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