After having four quarterbacks suffer season-ending injuries, Maryland has turned to freshman linebacker Shawn Petty to not only play in a college game for the first time on Saturday against Georgia Tech, but to switch positions and lead the team at quarterback.
Caleb Rowe was like a kid who gets off a carousel and wants to hop right back on for another ride. "It was very exhilarating," the Maryland freshman said after making his first career quarterback start in Saturday's 20-17 loss to Boston College and indicating that he can hardly wait to make another.
After losing its third quarterback since the beginning of training camp, Maryland enters Saturday's game against Boston College trying not to allow its season to be defined by injuries to prominent players.
Medical tests have confirmed that Maryland lost not only starting quarterback Perry Hills for the season in last Saturday¿s game but also his replacement, Devin Burns ¿ leaving the Terps with a freshman who has played one series at the position and a 230-pound linebacker as his backup.
The latest injury — a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered by freshman Perry Hills in Saturday's loss to North Carolina State — leaves Maryland to choose between two very different sorts of quarterbacks: Caleb Rowe and Devin Burns.
After Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown was lost for the season with a knee injury in August, wide receiver Devin Burns went to coach Randy Edsall and said he would like to switch positions to help fill the void.
Maryland quarterback Perry Hills is awaiting an MRI on Monday so he can learn whether he will be able to return from a left knee injury sustained in Saturday¿s 20-18 loss to North Carolina State, coach Randy Edsall said today.
It was all there for Maryland's taking on Saturday: a prime opportunity against a struggling, turnover-prone rival to go 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since 2001 and to begin to make something of a season from which little was expected.