Maryland quarterback Perry Hills is not exactly a household name among college football fans.
Boston College was certainly not that familiar with the fifth-year senior, at least until the Eagles started watching him on film in preparation for Monday's Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field against the Terps.
It's not clear whether they know him beyond identifying him as No. 11.
Or maybe Boston College coach Steve Addazio and captain John Johnson were just too polite to correct a reporter who at Friday's press conference in Detroit asked whether "Perry Ellis" is an effective game-manager for the Terps.
The reporter, who spoke with a distinctive New England accent, asked both Addazio and Johnson the same question: is Ellis, uh Hills, despite less-than-impressive numbers, efficient at making plays and sustaining drives?
"He's had a heckuva year," Addazio said, referring to the Maryland quarterback, not the former Kansas basketball player who torched the Terps in last year's Sweet 16 or the world-famous fashion designer. "He's a really good player, certainly a guy that can hurt you."
Said Johnson, who was recruited by Maryland out of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, "I can remember when I was being recruited and I watched him. He's been there for a while, it seems like. He definitely has got a lot of experience and manages the game well."