Maryland freshman quarterback Jordan Steffy was released from a hospital near Virginia Tech on Thursday night and returned to College Park with his team, although his status remains in doubt for the Nov. 27 season finale against Wake Forest.
Steffy, 19, was injured in the second quarter of Maryland's 55-6 loss to Virginia Tech, when he collided helmet to helmet with the Hokies' James Anderson, who had intercepted a pass. Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday that early indications were that Steffy briefly lost consciousness and that he was expected to be reevaluated last night.
Sam Hollenbach, Maryland's fourth-string quarterback, might start against Wake Forest, Friedgen said. Starter Joel Statham threw three interceptions and was pulled after one quarter before being reinserted in the third quarter after Steffy's injury. And third-stringer Ryan Mitch did not make the trip because of a violation of team rules.
"Sam showed a lot of poise," Friedgen said. "I was proud of him."
Friedgen said yesterday that he was not upset with his longtime friend and Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer for attempting a field goal in the final seconds of the first half with the Hokies leading 38-3. Friedgen said he called consecutive timeouts because "I was trying to get the guy to miss the field goal."
After the game, Friedgen spoke with emotion, saying that if the losing should continue, "They won't have to fire me, I'll quit." Yesterday, he elaborated, saying: "Probably, I have a character flaw in being too honest. I've never quit anything in my life. I was embarrassed, frustrated and mad after the game. I'm in this for the long haul."
Friedgen's emotions also were evident at halftime, when he uttered an obscenity during an ESPN interview, for which he apologized. Yesterday, Friedgen said sideline interviews are "probably not good" for him because of his emotions. But Friedgen added he needs to work on gathering his thoughts before speaking because doing interviews "comes with the job."
-- Eric Prisbell