Perry Hills under Bell
Maryland had about as dysfunctional a quarterback rotation as a team can have last season. Heading into the season opener, Edsall tabbed Perry Hills as the starter, which surprised quite a few people. It was expected that Caleb Rowe would get the first crack at running the Terps offense during the offseason. Hills turned in lackluster performances during the first two games and was benched in the loss to Bowling Green. After a four-touchdown outing against South Florida, Rowe was replaced two games later by Hills.
In his second go-round as the Maryland starter, Hills came out and gave an inspiring performance against Ohio State. The Pennsylvania native rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for another in a game that the Terps actually led at one point. However, Rowe ended up finishing off the season by helping lead Maryland to a 46-41 win over Rutgers in the season finale. The hard-fought road victory was the only conference win during the 2015 season.
Despite plenty of inconsistent play last season, Hills has been getting most of the first-team reps during spring practice. There’s definitely a reason for that. Bell’s offense is based on the quarterback running the ball quite a bit. Since Hills has displayed solid outings on the ground, it’ll be worth watching to see how comfortable he looks running Maryland’s new offense.
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