Torn ACL leaves Terps with Burns, Rowe at QB
In a teleconference with reporters Sunday, Maryland coach Randy Edsall asked one whether he had any eligibility left, joking that the scribe looked like he might be able to play quarterback for the Terrapins.
If Edsall's bad luck with signal-callers continues, he may have to settle for even the most ill-fit of candidates. On Monday, he lost another as an MRI revealed that freshman Perry Hills has a torn ACL.
Hills is the second starting quarterback the Terps have lost this year with a torn ACL. Two months ago in the preseason, junior C.J. Brown was lost for the year in a noncontact drill.
Maryland will turn to sophomore Devin Burns and freshman Caleb Rowe. Both performed well in relief Saturday after Hills was hurt trying to make a tackle on an interception. N.C. State linebacker Rickey Dowdy clipped Hills from behind, drawing a 15-yard penalty.
The penalty for Maryland (4-3) was losing a quarterback who had quickly developed into a gritty leader and a clutch fourth-quarter performer. Hills led the Terps to four wins in his first six career starts.
"I am very disappointed for Perry," Edsall said in a statement. "I was proud of the way he stepped in this season and led our team. Perry is a great competitor, and I know how strongly his teammates feel about him. We will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process."
Hills was the third true freshman to start at quarterback for Maryland. He completed 97 of 169 passes for 1,336 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was named ACC rookie of the week after going 11-for-21 for 190 yards in a win over Temple.
Edsall has had terrible luck with quarterbacks since coming to College Park. Danny O'Brien, the ACC rookie of the year in 2010, flopped last season, broke his arm against Notre Dame and subsequently transferred to Wisconsin.
Burns and Rowe are the only quarterbacks available the rest of the season. Freshman quarterback Dustin Dailey is academically ineligible. Sophomore Ricardo Young is required to sit out this season after transferring from New Mexico.