Maryland freshman quarterback Kasim Hill was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Central Florida. Hill had to be helped off the field by trainers with what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
The play occurred when Hill, on third-and-13 from the Knights 21, appeared to be surrounded in the backfield and then spun out for a short gain.
Hill was brought to the ground by 311-pound defensive end Jamiyus Pittman. He lay face down for a couple of minutes and was in obvious pain when he turned over.
With help from trainers, who carried the 6-foot-2, 232-pound quarterback under each shoulder with his legs dangling in the air, Hill was taken immediately to the medical tent on the sideline.
It was the second serious, and possibly season-ending, injury for a Maryland quarterback in the first three games, after a torn ACL suffered by sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome in the season opener at Texas.
In that game, Hill came in and completed all three passes he threw, including a 40-yarder to DJ Moore to set up Hill’s 3-yard touchdown run to build Maryland’s lead, once 21, back to 10 in a 51-41 victory.
Hill followed that up by completing his first eight passes, and 13 of 16 overall, for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a 63-17 romp over Towson. Hill had completed both passes he attempted Saturday.
Sophomore Max Bortenschlager, who started one game as a freshman last season, replaced Hill.
For Maryand fans, the injuries to Pigrome and Hill were reminiscent of 2012, when the Terps were forced to play four different quarterbacks — including converted linebacker Shawn Petty — after C.J. Brown tore his ACL in the preseason.