So is it just me, or is there a lot of yawning going on this summer when it comes to Maryland football? No buzz, no blue chip players, no interesting storylines, no nothing. People already seem resigned to finishing 7-5, beating Fresno State 20-12 in the Meow Mix Bowl, and calling it a season.
And that attitude is not evidenced any better than it is by the coach naming Jordan Steffy the starting QB today seemingly by default. Steffy, who was highly touted as a high schooler but has since proven injury prone and remarkably unremarkable in game action, is not exactly lighting my world on fire.
Doesn’t he sort of look like a guy you’d find working at Trick Trucks or as a club promoter or something? His countenance conveys not so much “BCS quarterback” as it does “ladies drink free.” On the bright side, maybe he’ll win us a few extra news conferences. The Fridge could always use some arm candy up there.
The media coverage says it all. The Washington Post didn’t even have this on their sports home page today, preferring articles on the Texas Longhorns and the Guatemalan baseball team. The Terps’ own Web site had an article on Important Football Parking Information. So that shows you how baited the breath has really been on this. According to the Baltimore Sun article, “what [the QB decision] came down to was statistical performance.” Well, that’s good. I’m really glad the coaches had a gut feeling here, that Steffy leapt up and said “this job is mine.” Oh, no, wait, careful statistical analyses won the day for Steffy. He’s like the Chinese uneven bars girl of the 2008 Terps.
Here’s hoping some of the stats in question cover things like “touchdowns” and “victories” when it’s all said and done. All kidding aside, I hope Steffy (and the rest of the team) is able to exceed expectations — or least establish some kind of expectation at some point this season. Best of luck to them. I’ll be rooting for them the whole way, with a cool beverage or ten and a nice bowl of Meow Mix on hand. Goterps.