ACC in the morning -- Part I: Second-guessing

September, 3, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer have more in common than their neighboring lake houses in Georgia. After just one week, both of them are now second-guessing their original calls at quarterback.

Raise your hand if you saw this coming.

Me too, just not after one game.

At Maryland, Jordan Steffy's injured thumb is part of the problem. Friedgen passionately defended Steffy as if he were his own son on Tuesday, but at the same time wouldn't commit to him as a starter for this weekend against Middle Tennessee State.

At Virginia Tech, Beamer decided to revert back to last year's two-quarterback system and use Tyrod Taylor instead of redshirting him.

Did anyone see the UCLA-Tennessee game?

UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft threw four interceptions in the first half against Tennessee, and instead of leaving him in the locker room for the second half, Rick Neuheisel told his quarterback that he, too, threw four picks in his first start.

The only way for a quarterback to play with confidence is to know he has it from his head coach, and neither Beamer nor Friedgen are showing that right now. Yet both of them still expect Sean Glennon and Steffy to win games for them.

This will likely be an ongoing drama in College Park this season, as Chris Turner and Josh Portis have already played in the first game with Steffy. At Virginia Tech, how Glennon handles this decision will affect the entire team. But the Hokies appear to have more problems than just Taylor can solve.

While Hokies' quarterbacks coach Mike O'Cain makes some valid points, the fact he said "I'm not sure we didn't feel this along" makes you wonder why the staff didn't go with its gut the first time around. They knew their personnel heading into the ECU game. It was the same team they had after it.

And Friedgen knows exactly what he has at quarterback. Three guys, three styles and three personalities.

None of whom can, apparently, do it all by himself.

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