Maryland football coach DJ Durkin said Monday that he is trying to get a clarification from the Big Ten regarding the difference on why there was no penalty called on Michigan for what he thought was a late hit on quarterback Perry Hills and why the Terps got whistled for one later in the game.

The hit by Wolverines defensive end Chase Winovich in the second quarter of Maryland's 59-3 loss to No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor Saturday knocked Hills out of the game in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. Maryland was trailing at the time, 21-0.


Asked if he thought the hit on Hills was late, Durkin said in a teleconference with reporters, "Yes, as a late hit is defined. When you compare it to the late hit that was called on us late in the game, I don't know. We definitely sent it [the film of the two plays] in for them to look at to get an explaination on.The ball was gone [from Hills' hand] and he was driven into the ground. I put it in the league for clarification for exactly how they're calling it."

Hills' status for Saturday's game against No. 6 Ohio State at Maryland Stadium is in question, though Durkin sounded optimistic the fifth-year senior will be back for the game. It also appears the injury is a recurring problem with his right [throwing] shoulder.

"Perry will be able to go and practice, but those are always decisions [regarding playing] we'll make as the days go," Durkin said. "It's been something he's been dealing with throughout the season and I think it will be more of the same. He's made through some games fine and some games he's taken a hit on it and it got worse for a little bit. He was wanting to come back in that game, but at the point where [the game was] we decided to keep him out."

The status for sophomore running back Ty Johnson, who was injured in the third quarter and remained on the sideline the rest of the game, is also in question. In Johnson's case, Durkin said one of the Big Ten's most dynamic players should be ready to face the Buckeyes.

"Ty will be fine, really," Durkin said. "Same thing. It's something that he's been dealing with and he's played through it, he's tough. He'll practice and he'll be ready to play."

Like most coaches, Durkin appears to be getting tired of answering questions about injuries.

When asked about offensive tackle Michael Dunn, who was hurt two weeks ago at Indiana, Durkin said, "These are all the things that later in the season we work through stuff. All these guys have some issues going on so we're going to take it day-by-day. There's no determination today, nor will be there one tomorrow."

Durkin said he decided to hold Dunn out of the Michigan game after talking with the former walk-on during pre-game warmups.

"I trusted him, he gave his truthful opinion about how he feels and that's how we're going to do it," Durkin said. "Unless it's something surgical, we take everything day by day. 'How do you feel today?' We'll work like crazy to get him the best that he can be and we'll make a determination what's best for them and for our team."

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