And just like that, Maryland goes through yet another season in which they fail to have a quarterback start all 12 games. With the news that freshman quarterback Perry Hills will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, the Terrapins will have started more than one person at quarterback each season since 2006, when Sam Hollenbach was at the helm.
Hills injured his knee late in the second quarter of last Saturday’s 20-18 loss to N.C. State after being hit by a Wolfpack defender. He was carted off the field and did not return for the remainder of the game. Wide receiver-turned-quarterback Devin Burns came in after that and guided the Terrapins to three straight scoring drives to mount a comeback. Then, on the last drive of the game, the coaching staff opted for freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe to orchestrate a 60 yard drive which culminated in a missed field goal.
The news hurts for plenty of reasons, the first of which is any player being dealt a serious injury. Perry Hills was thrown into the fire, and showed a lot of moxie with his on the field performance. He has been sacked more than most every quarterback in the nation, yet he kept getting up hit after unfortunate hit. Anytime this game is played, you never want to see someone get downed by an injury. Hills showed particular promise, as he had more touchdowns (eight) than interceptions (seven) and was completing over 50% of his passes all season. Losing him means that QB1 and QB2 are now out of the picture for the Terrapins.
It also hurts because of the uncertainty the Terrapins now face at the quarterback position. They have a tough task ahead of them preparing the entire offense for one of two new quarterbacks who have never really seen any action on the football field save for short stints during last week’s game. Devin Burns runs a completely different offense, and Caleb Rowe was the unofficial third string quarterback. Either one of them has a lot of prepping to do before next week’s game against Boston College. They also don’t have a whole lot of time to get ready for it, and neither does the coaching staff.
In any event, Terrapin Nation wants to wish Perry Hills an uncomplicated and speedy recovery. We thank him for playing so admirably and doing the Terps proud through 6 games, and look forward to seeing him on the football field again!
As for the coaching staff, let’s go to work.