On his weekly conference call today, Maryland coach Randy Edsall declined to discuss the Terps' quarterback situation and any other changes to the team's depth chart until after an updated version is released Monday for this weekend's matchup against South Florida.
Edsall inserted backup quarterback Caleb Rowe into Saturday's game with Maryland trailing in the fourth quarter of its eventual 48-27 loss to Bowling Green. Starter Perry Hills was 15 of 30 for 168 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. After the game, Edsall said the coaching staff would have a "discussion" about the team's plan moving forward.
"We've had a chance to have meetings, and we're going to meet again tonight and then any updates we'll have on the two-deep we'll get out [Monday]," Edsall said Sunday. "We haven't finished everything that we're doing. We'll get all that out [Monday]."
Rowe threw three passes in relief of Hills. Two were picked off by the Bowling Green defense and one was completed to wide receiver Malcolm Culmer for a 17-yard gain. In postgame, Edsall said that if the Maryland defense could have gotten another stop in the fourth quarter, Daxx Garman, the Oklahoma State transfer, also could have played.
In two games this season, Hills is 27 of 51 for 306 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Other notes from Edsall:
**Maryland is fine health-wise, he said. Defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson and cornerback Sean Davis all exited the game at different points, but they all returned to action. Hills also took a big hit on his third-quarter touchdown pass to D.J. Moore and returned.
"We came out of it fine," Edsall said. "Just normal bumps and bruises. Shouldn't have anyone missing any time this week."
**After Maryland lost to West Virginia last season and the Mountaineers ran more than 100 plays against the Terps, Edsall was critical of the clock rules and number of plays in the game. But after Bowling Green ran 105 plays against Maryland on Saturday, Edsall said the onus is on his own team to adapt to its situation.
"What we have to do is we have to get off the field," Edsall said. "We have to do a better job of getting off the field. We have to do a better job of sustaining drives. If we do that, we're not on the field for as many plays."
**Edsall inserted kicker Brad Craddock in at punter on a fourth down in Bowling Green territory during the third quarter of Saturday's game. Craddock lofted a 39-yard punt that bounced once at the Falcons 5-yard line to a waiting A.J. Hendy at the 1-yard line. Edsall said Craddock, who came to Maryland as a punter before developing into the Lou Groza Award-winning kicker, was better at downing his punts deep in the opponent's territory than freshman Nicolas Pritchard, who won the punting job in camp.
Pritchard averaged 42.2 yards on five punts in his first extensive action.
After Craddock pinned Bowling Green deep, the Falcons went on a 17-play, 99-yard drive to take a 27-20 lead.
"That's just one example of executing the proper way," Edsall said. "Now you put them on that long field and think you're going to be in pretty good shape. We just couldn't get off the field a couple times on third down during that drive."
**Last season, Maryland didn't lose consecutive games until its season finale against Rutgers and bowl game against Stanford. On Saturday, Maryland will try to avoid that fate against South Florida. Edsall said that he's telling his team to remain consistent this week and improve on small details that could make a big difference.
"The message is that hey, there's things that we do well, but it's got to be consistent throughout the ballgame and the more that you use the techniques and the fundamentals you're being taught," Edsall said.