Maryland Football: 2015 season predictions

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Oct 18, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) scrambles when pressured by Iowa Hawkeyes Louis Trinca-Pasat (90) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Will Perry Hills be the starter for the duration of the season?

Chris Bengel: This is an interesting question because I think Hills may be on a short leash. I always thought that Caleb Rowe was Edsall’s guy and would get his chance to run the offense. However, Hills impressed the coaching staff enough to take the job. Hills does possess the necessary skills to be a successful signal caller at the collegiate level. As a true freshman, he was very productive for a guy that was forced into the role. While he doesn’t have an elite arm, Hills is a talented signal caller that is very mobile in the pocket. If the offensive line is as good was it’s projected to be, I’d say that Hills has a chance to be the guy for the rest of the season. Then in 2016, it’s Dwayne Haskins time.

Ryan Garland: Hills will start the nonconference games for Maryland this season, but will be replaced by Caleb Rowe by the Terps’ October 17 bye week before playing Penn State at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Hills certainly has shown he can be a serviceable quarterback at the very least, which is good enough to defeat the likes of Richmond, Bowling Green, and USF. It will not be enough, however, to go intoMorgantown and defeat the Mountaineers, to defeat an improved Michigan squad under the lights at Byrd on October 3, and certainly not enough to put up a fight against the reigning National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. The Ohio State game will be the last straw for Hills. Last season, despite Edsall’s season-long reluctance to pull the often-criticized C.J. Brown, he finally pulled Brown in favor of Caleb Rowe after the first horrific half against the Buckeyes. A similar scenario will play out in 2015, except Rowe will remain the starter to finish out the season.