Maryland quarterback Perry Hills has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season, the Terps have announced in a statement.
Hills, who underwent an MRI on Monday morning, hurt his left knee during Satuday’s 20-18 loss to N.C. State at Byrd Stadium. After throwing an interception in the second quarter, the true freshman was blocked from behind by linebacker Rickey Dowdy and his leg was driven into the turf and bent backward. He exited the game on a cart, wincing in pain and, despite pleas to the training staff, did not return.
“I am very disappointed for Perry,” Coach Randy Edsall said in a statement. “I was proud of the way he stepped in this season and led our team. Perry is a great competitor, and I know how strongly his teammates feel about him. We will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process.”
The only two quarterbacks left on Maryland’s roster are Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe, both of whom nearly engineered a second-half comeback against the Wolfpack. Dustin Dailey and Ricardo Young are ineligible due to NCAA transfer rules, and Edsall said the Terps have a contingency plan if necessary, based on moving other players to the quarterback position much like Burns, a former wide receiver, did during the offseason.
As for who starts Saturday at Boston College, Edsall said Sunday that a gametime decision is likely. It’s easy to envision a scenario where Burns and Rowe share time. Burns is a fleet-footed quarterback adept at the read option, whereas Rowe is the better pocket passer. Rowe took over in the two-minute drill with 32 seconds left, and set the Terps up for a potential game-winning field goal, which Brad Craddock ultimately banged off the left post.
Hills had started all seven games for Mayland this season. The Pittsburgh native had completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,336 yards and eight touchdowns against seven interceptions.
This makes two Maryland quarterbacks rehabbing from torn ACLs after expected starter C.J. Brown suffered the same injury during a non-contact drill this preseason.