By: Brendan DarrBy Brendan Darr

The bad news continues for Randy Edsall.  After a tumultuous 2-10 season last year, Edsall saw an exodus of players in the off-season.  One of those,was Quarterback Danny O’Brien who played in 9 games last season.  Most figured the loss of O’Brien would leave Maryland thin at Quarterback, those fears were realized today with the loss of Brown for the season.
In a release from the University, O’Brien tore his ACL in non-contact drills on Tuesday night.  In the release Edsall had this to say about Brown:

“I feel terrible for C.J.,” said head coach Randy Edsall. “He’s worked incredibly hard to be the starting quarterback of this team. He’s stepped up and been a tremendous leader. We’ll do everything we can to make sure he gets the best treatment to help in his recovery.

 “Although C.J. won’t be out on the field, he’ll continue to be an important part of this program. As a captain and team leader he’ll do everything he can to help mentor the other quarterbacks on our team.”

The loss leaves two freshmen who have never thrown a pass in college, Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe, battling for the starting spot.  After Tuesday mornings practice, Edsall had announced that Hills had taken the lead for the backup — now starting — job.  Regardless who wins the job, it will be tough to compete with a true freshman at quarterback.

This will mark only the fifth time in school history a freshman will start at Quarterback.

With Hills having the lead for the starting job, here’s a scouting report on him:

Hills is a very efficient and productive passer that is very accurate especially in the short and intermediate range passing game. He has good size and the frame to really develop and add bulk and strength over time. He is a pocket passer working from a multiple set both under center and out of the shotgun. He displays very sound footwork away from center and in his set up within the pocket as well as being a very good ball handler on play action. Hills can be a bit rigid as a passer, but the end result is generally very good. Throws a catchable and accurate ball on all throws between the numbers. Rarely misses the strikezone dramatically and when he gets the ball out on time he can really get into a rhythm. Ball handling and bootleg skills are very good. Gets out on the perimeter and throws the ball very well on the move especially to his right.

… While Hills’ release is over-the-top and generally quick, it can also be robotic and tense. Lacks a smooth stroke. The overall productivity of Hills is very strong, but he does have some physical limitations that we believe may limit his upside against top level BCS caliber prospects. Good player with many redeeming qualities.

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