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Loose ends from the Red-White game

I've filed a "game" story. Here are some additional morsels for the football-hungry.

*Chris Turner looked very comfortable and in command, as you would expect of a senior quarterback in a spring game.

A lot of the media coverage of Darrius Heyward-Bey's NFL draft prospects seemed to disparage Turner by suggesting the receiver didn't have much of a quarterback to work with. I wonder if such talk motivates Turner.

I keep thinking how Turner said last year that he wants to leave a "legacy" at Maryland. He could be headed for a very good year if the offensive line comes together for him. He'll have some good receivers and running backs to help him out.

*Kenny Tate told me he made the call to remain at safety this season rather than return to the receiver position he had played in high school. "I feel a lot more comfortable (at safety)" than at the beginning of last season, Tate said. "I feel like I'm back in the swing of things."

*Tate looked good in the game. So did fellow strong safety Jamari McCollough, who made a bunch of tackles.

*If the spring game is any indication, Maryland will need to shore up its kick coverage, particularly protecting the punter. On the plus side for the Terps, freshman linebacker Darrin Drakeford looks like quite the special teams player.

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