Maryland football head coach Randy Edsall has named freshman Perry Hills the starting quarterback heading into their game against William & Mary, according to his Twitter account:
Naming Perry Hills the starting QB. Caleb Rowe will be our #2 and Devin Burns our #3 heading into William & Mary game week.
— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) August 21, 2012
Hills is replacing the injured C.J. Brown, who tore his ACL last week during a non-contact drill. Brown, technically a junior, is expected to miss the entire season recovering. Hills is set to become the first true freshman quarterback since Calvin McCall in ’99 to start the opening game for the Terrapins.
The move allows Maryland to have a definitive plan going forward, and wasn’t an unexpected one in the least. Most reports coming out of College Park have been that Randy Edsall favors Hills, the Central Catholic quarterback out of Pittsburgh, PA, so this makes the most sense. Hills can handle Edsall’s run-heavy offensive attack by mixing in a few short completions. When I got to see him play, what stood out to me is that he is more than capable of making safe, short throws that at the very least aren’t going to be picked off. He can also run pretty well, and his body type (he was a former wrestler) ensures that he can handle a little punishment.
It’s not like Maryland had many other options, anyway. Rowe threw a few too many picks in their scrimmage last Saturday despite having a competent arm, and Devin Burns has played more wide receiver in college than he has quarterback. Hills is a safe choice, and here’s hoping that he’s a good choice, too!