Terps Must Turn To Other Quarterbacks Now That Perry Hills Is Out For The Year

2:56 PM, Oct 22, 2012   |    comments
Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland has just announced that quarterback Perry Hills is out for the remainder of the year.

The true freshman suffered a torn ACL during an illegal hit in the loss to NC State. If you saw the injury on Saturday, this news may come as no surprise. Hills was chasing down a defender after throwing an interception and was hit awkwardly from behind by Wolfpack linebacker Ricky Dowdy. Watching the hit, you could tell the injury was severe and that Hills would miss time.

That leaves the Terps with two eligible quarterbacks: Devin Burns and true freshman Caleb Rowe. Remember, Burns was a wide receiver, but converted to add depth because the Terps lost then-starting quarterback CJ Brown for the season. Coincidentally, that was also a ACL tear. Before playing on Saturday, Burns was last under center in high school.

That's why I think Maryland should go with Rowe. You've won four games already, twice as many as most people thought you would, with a true freshman. Do it with again with another one. If Burns was really that good of passer, he would've been recruited as one. Rowe is a quarterback.

Is he the answer? Maybe not. Can he manage two games to become bowl eligible? Maybe. And even if he doesn't, head coach Randy Edsall is on his third (technically fourth) quarterback. I'm sure he'll be forgiven. Plus, Hills may return next season and you have another blue chipper coming in.

If Burns was the answer, Rowe's redshirt would not have been burned to play one, almost game-winning, drive. The Terps have no faith in the sophomore right now and using two quarterback almost never works. Neither will get in rhythm or have a feel for the defenses. Give it to Rowe. Burns will always be there in an emergency.

Or just give it to Diggs. He never does wrong.

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