Friedgen looking for consistency -- again

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Even Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen isn't sure what to expect from his football team on a week-to-week basis, let alone quarter to quarter.

Quarterback Chris Turner is a microcosm of what's going on with this offense. He threw three interceptions in a perplexing 24-14 loss to Middle Tennessee State, but played a nearly flawless game in a 35-27 upset of then-ranked No. 23 Cal. He didn't hold the football too long, made some good throws -- sometimes under pressure -- and his movement in the pocket helped protection.

However, as he is with his entire team, Friedgen is looking for some consistency from his quarterback.

"If you play well one week and the next week you don't play very well, what do you do then?" Friedgen said. "I think this is a game that should give Chris confidence and it's something he can build on, but he's gotta come out next week and play the same way."

Maryland should easily handle Eastern Michigan, a team coming off back-to-back losses in which it was outscored 83-27, and have a 3-1 record heading into Death Valley on Sept. 27. Should.

"I there's still a lot of areas we could get better at," Friedgen said. "I'm anxious to see how we come out and work this week. We played very well for probably a quarter and a half, maybe a little bit more. Defensively probably more and then we kind of shot ourselves in the foot. We've got to develop a consistency. If we do that I think we have a chance to have a good team. If we don't we won't. It's that simple.

"I'm going to continue to preach to them we've got to get better regardless of who we're playing," he said. "Hopefully they'll take stock in that and try to get better and improve each and every day. You've got to show up to play. I don't know how much more I can say about it. Look at the games every week. It's the same thing. Football is an emotional game. Who's ready to play is going to determine the outcome many, many times."