It's official: Edsall names freshman Hills quarterback starter

Freshman Caleb Rowe is the backup

August 21, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland coach Randy Edsall made it official today, naming freshman Perry Hills -- a former state champion wrestler from western Pennsylvania -- as starting quarterback for the opener against William & Mary on Sept. 1.

I was also interested in who was named No. 2. It’s fellow freshman Caleb Rowe.

Former receiver Devin Burns -- he’s been practicing at quarterback this season for all of one week -- was named third-string.

Edsall relayed the info via Twitter.

The season-ending injury to C.J. Brown sure had a ripple effect. It catapulted Hills into a starting role. Maryland coaches were going to find spots for Hills to play anyway because you always want an experienced backup.

Now that Rowe is the backup, he’ll probably play this season as well.

I wrote after Saturday’s scrimmage that Hills is big, athletic and poised for a freshman. It's too early to evaluate his passing based on a conservatively-called scrimmage -- that's what we saw Saturday -- when he was wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey. And there are no preseason games in college.

Maryland could use a passing upgrade. Last season, the team was 10thin the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing offense, and no ACC team threw more interceptions. Brown, a running threat who completed 49.4 percent of his passes, split time last year with Danny O’Brien, now the starter at Wisconsin.

Brown and O'Brien both redshirted their freshman seasons. This year, Maryland's first-year passers are both needed immediately. 

Too bad about those pesky transfer rules because transfer Ricardo Young -- who spent a redshirt season at Virginia Tech before transferring to New Mexico -- is now a Terp. He’s practicing with the team but isn’t eligible until 2013, when he will be a redshirt junior.

Hills is expected to be made available to the media for the second time following practice early this evening, so I'll have an update.

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