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, 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.