The key to success for a freshman quarterback? Maryland has been thinking about that puzzle ever since redshirt junior C.J. Brown tore his ACL a few weeks ago.
True freshman Perry Hills will be the starter when the Terps host William & Mary in Saturday’s opener.
Hills, who was a quarterback and state champion wrestler at his western Pennsylvania high school, is being instructed to understand his limitations and not try to do too much, too soon.
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“Perry needs to go out and make first downs and have the team move the ball,” coach Randy Edsall said. “He needs to know every play doesn’t have to be a big play. His job is to move the chains and work the ball downfield. He doesn’t have to make a spectacular play every time. He needs to utilize his weapons and make the right reads. He has played in front of a lot of people in high school and with our scrimmage, so I don’t think he will be star struck.”
Of course, it will help immensely if Maryland can get its running game going. The running game may well feature three backs on Saturday who, like Hills, have never played in a college game: Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown. Sophomore Justus Pickett may also be in the mix. The offensive line has also been reconfigured since last season.
Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said today that Hills is as calm as he appears. “That is his personality,” Locksley said. “I love recruiting guys that are wresters because they are used to it being one-on-one on the mat and everyone watching them. His personality is that he is confident and doesn’t get rattled very much.”