Edsall hints at personnel changes on offense

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Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

While happy and relieved with Maryland’s 19-14 victory over Wake Forest Saturday at Byrd Stadium, Terps coach Randy Edsall was displeased with the play of his offense, suggesting that there could be lineup changes when Maryland (3-2, 1-0) travels to reeling Virginia (2-4, 0-1) next week.

With freshmen Andrew Zeller and Mike Madaras starting for the first time, the offensive line struggled. Maryland managed only 53 net yards on 43 carries. Quarterback Perry Hills (10 of 21, 196 yards) was sacked three times, fumbled once, and threw an interception.

With the Wake defense committing to stopping the run, Hills was under pressure much of the afternoon. But Edsall suggested there were plays to be made by the true freshman quarterback.

“He’s missing some things out there,” Edsall said. “He’s making it hard on himself. We could be more productive offensively if he throws some of the check-downs, goes where he’s supposed to with the ball and gets some better reads.”

Edsall has few options when it comes to quarterback. Devin Burns was a quarterback in high school, but was shifted by Edsall to wide receiver in the spring of 2011, before returning to his original position this preseason after a season-ending injury to starter C.J. Brown. The only other option is true freshman Caleb Rowe.

“I don’t want to mention anything right now until I have a chance to evaluate the film,” Edsall said. “But I think there will be some things from a personnel standpoint that will be a little bit different when we go into next week on offense.”

Edsall said there was a contingency plan to use Burns on Saturday.

“We had talked about maybe getting Devin [Burns] in there before the game,” Edsall said. “The situation never presented itself. I had hoped we’d be a little further along with our offense.”

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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