Edsall took to Twitter to unveil a decision that had been all but a forgone conclusion since Hills had moved ahead of classmate Caleb Rowe as the No. 2 quarterback before starter C.J. Brown was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Hills becomes the first true freshman to start a game for the Terrapins since Latrez Harrison in 1999, and the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt Calvin McCall started in a 6-0 win over Temple on Sept. 2, 1999.
“I’m ready to step it up to help this team,” Hills said on Saturday after Maryland’s second scrimmage of training camp.
At the time, Hills was still the presumptive starter for the William & Mary game, but he outplayed Rowe in the scrimmage, leading three scoring drives and reaching the end zone himself on a 16-yard run in the first quarter.
Maryland’s emergency quarterback will be sophomore Devin Burns, who volunteered to switch positions from wide receiver the day after Brown’s injury.