By Eric Prisbell
The 21st start of Chris Turner's career will be unlike any other he has made in a Maryland uniform. When he takes his first snap in next Saturday's season opener at 12th-ranked California, no questions will loom about another quarterback lurking over his shoulder. After assuming the starting job because of a teammate's misfortune -- Jordan Steffy's concussion in 2007 and thumb injury in 2008 -- in each of the past two years, Turner now possesses undisputed ownership of the job, the offense and, by all accounts, the entire team. Once an uncertain wild card, the fifth-year senior now stands as the player Maryland can least afford to lose. "He knows he is the guy," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "He knows that if we are going to win, we've got to go through him. He has taken that on his shoulders and run with it."