With C.J. Brown out for season, Perry Hills handed the keys

After saying Tuesday that Perry Hills had the edge over fellow freshman Caleb Rowe on the Maryland football depth chart, Terrapins Coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday in a teleconference with reporters that Hills has ascended to first-string quarterback now that starter C.J. Brown will miss the season after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee during a non-contact drill on Tuesday night.

Hills was regarded as a three-star prospect out of Central Catholic High in Pittsburgh by most recruiting services. According to ESPN.com, he chose Maryland over Miami (Ohio), Akron, Buffalo and Kent State.

Central Catholic has produced a number of NFL players, including Dan Marino and Marc Bulger. Hills threw for 1,571 yards and had 14 touchdown passes as a senior.

Hills was also a champion wrestler in high school, going 35-0 and winning his second straight PIAA Class AAA 195-pound championship in 2011-12.

Rowe was either a two-star or three-star prospect out of Blue Ridge High in Landrum, S.C., depending on which recruiting rankings you trust. Maryland beat out FCS schools Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian for his services.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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