Maryland's QB is a big secret

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Nobody enjoys a mystery more than Maryland coach Randy Edsall, especially when the subject is who will play quarterback for the Terrapins.

During his weekly teleconference Sunday, Edsall was in his element. He had no news on injured starter Perry Hills (knee) or who would start next week at Boston College if Hills is sidelined.

Hills, injured during an interception return when he was clipped from behind by N.C. State linebacker Rickey Dowdy in Saturday's 20-18 loss to the Wolfpack, will have an MRI on Monday. The freshman was taken off the field on a cart.

"It was an illegal block," Edsall said of the play. "Very disappointed in the way the block took place."

If Hills is out, it leaves Edsall with a choice between sophomore Devin Burns and freshman Caleb Rowe. Both were impressive in relief Saturday. Edsall wouldn't say who would take over.

"We'll see how the week goes. I'm not worried until game time," Edsall said. "We'll have a plan in place."

There were games last year when Edsall kept his quarterback choice a secret right up until the opening snap. It was a tactic that made sense since Maryland played a different style depending whether superior passer Danny O'Brien or superior runner C.J. Brown was on the field.

A year later, the choice is similar. Burns is the better runner and Rowe the better passer. In other words, be prepared for another game-time decision.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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