"Chris is a pretty tough kid," coach Ralph Friedgen said Tuesday. "I think he's added that (running) element to his game and that really helps the rest of the team. Obviously we don't want him to get hurt."
Turner was credited with 44 rushing attempts for 57 yards last season. The total doesn't include yardage lost in sacks. In two games this season, he already has 19 carries for 59 yards.
On a team loaded with fleet receivers, Turner and his teammates like to joke about his hardly being a sprinter.
"He's not the most fleet-footed quarterback," receiver Torrey Smith said with a smile.
But, said tight end Tommy Galt, Turner's mobility "gives us the ability to do some things out of different sets. He's always been tough."
Even if Turner continues to run more frequently, he won't be as much of a rushing threat as the quarterback the Terps will face Saturday – Middle Tennessee State's Dwight Dasher.
It's the second week in a row that the Terrapins will encounter a quarterback who is, in effect, an added running back. James Madison's Drew Dudzik burned the Terps with a 70-yard run during Maryland's 38-35 overtime win in its home opener on Saturday.
Defending Dudzik and Dasher is good practice for the Terps, who will encounter a number of mobile quarterbacks – including N.C. State's Russell Wilson and Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor – during their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.
"If we handle our job he (Dasher) is not going to have a lot of space to run," defensive end Jared Harrell said. "I'm going to be running after him all day long."
Dasher ran for 89 yards in Middle Tennessee's 31-14 victory over Memphis Saturday. He also threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns.