Reporting Brendan Darr
Maryland was dealt another blow on Monday as an MRI revealed that starting Quarterback Perry Hills tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. After Hills left in the second quarter, Sophomore Devin Burns — who converted from Wide Receiver in the summer — took over at Quarterback. Burns was replaced on the Terrapins final drive as fellow freshmen Caleb Rowe came in to run the two-minute offense.
From the press release:
University of Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall on Monday announced that starting quarterback Perry Hills has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season.
Hills, a freshman who started the first seven games this season, suffered the injury in the first half of Saturday’s game against NC State.
“I am very disappointed for Perry,” said Edsall. “I was proud of the way he stepped in this season and led our team. Perry is a great competitor and I know how strongly his teammates feel about him. We will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process.”
Hills was just the third true freshman quarterback to start for Maryland in school history. In seven starts he completed 97 of 169 passing attempts (57.4%) for 1,336 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
The freshman turned his best performance of the season against West Virginia when he finished 20 of 29 for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Hills was named ACC Rookie of the Week after going 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns at Temple.
Burns would seem to have the inside track to the starting quarterback position for the rest of the season, as he is the one most similar to the original starter, C.J. Brown — who is also down for the year with a torn ACL. However, the coaching staff didn’t burn the redshirt on Caleb Rowe for nothing. They clearly see something in the youngster, and whether or not he is ready to lead the team remains to be seen, but after Perry Hills was handed the starting job in the summer, it isn’t inconceivable that Rowe could earn the starting job eventually this season.
Either way, this offense seems to have pieces in place to allow either some shred of success. After Burns came in on Saturday, that opened running lanes for Wes Brown to carve up the N.C. State defense and have the Terps first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. We’ll have to wait for later in the week to see who Head Coach Randy Edsall names the start for this week’s game against Boston College.