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Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager (18) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager (18) throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Nati Harnik / AP)

In a surprise move, Maryland will start true freshman Max Bortenschlager at quarterback against No. 19 Nebraska, a team spokesman confirmed a few minutes before the noon kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

The 6-3, 200-pound Bortenschlager, who was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school in Indianapolis, beat out fellow freshman Tyrrell Pigrome in practice this week.

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Fifth-year seniors Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe are in uniform, but not expected to play because of injuries.

Hills was forced out of last week's 62-3 loss to Ohio State after suffering an injury to his left shoulder. He had been knocked out of a 59-3 loss at Michigan the previous week after reinjuring his right shoulder.

The extent of Rowe's injury is not known. He played the first half of the game against the Buckeyes, but did not play in the second half as Pigrome took over. Rowe participated in pre-game warm-ups, while Hills did not.

Bortenschlager, more of a pocket passer than Pigrome, has not played since the season opener against Howard. Coming in for Pigrome after his fellow true freshman had replaced Hills, Bortenschlager completed two of four passes for 18 yards. He was also sacked once.

It is not known how serious the injury to Hills' left shoulder is, and it could be simply a way for him to get healthier for Maryland's regular season finale against Rutgers.

The Terps, who have lost three straight games and four of their last five, need one more win to become bowl eligible.

Nebraska will also be starting a new quarterback against Maryland.

Senior Tommy Armstrong, who suffered a hamstring injury on the final scoring drive of last week's 24-17 victory here over Minnesota, was not in uniform on Senior Day.

Armstrong will be replaced by fellow senior Ryker Fyfe, a former walk-on who took over after Armstrong sustained a concussion against Ohio State two weeks ago.

Fyfe completed just five of 18 passes for 52 yards in a 62-3 loss to the Buckeyes. In his only previous start, Fyfe completed 29 of 48 passes for 407 yards, throwing four touchdowns and four interceptions, in a 55-45 loss to Purdue last season.

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