No matter the mistakes, the trials that Perry Hills endures during his inaugural season at College Park, the Terrapins are sticking with the true freshman at quarterback.
“We’re committed to him,” Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday. “Your experience tells you that, with a freshman, there are going to be mistakes, and all the mistakes aren’t all on Perry. It’s something that we have to work through.”
Hills has thrown four interceptions and fumbled twice through Maryland’s three games. The Terps rank 11th out of 12th in the ACC in turnover margin and are one spot from the bottom in total offense among qualifying Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
But Hills has shown growth, according to his coaches, particularly after getting intercepted three times in the opener against William & Mary.
In any case, the options behind Hills are limited to freshman Caleb Rowe and sophomore Devin Burns, a wide receiver who made the conversion to quarterback — his high school position — when C.J. Brown tore his ACL during non-contact drills in the preseason.
“We’re trying to get two other guys in case something does happen. But we want him to go out and get better. You’re not going to replace somebody if you feel there isn’t somebody as good behind him.