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Maryland starting quarterback Perry Hills (ACL) done for year

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer
Perry Hills (No. 11) will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. (US Presswire)

Maryland starting quarterback Perry Hills sustained a knee injury in Saturday's loss to NC State. On Monday, coach Randy Edsall confirmed that the injury -- determined to be a torn ACL in his left knee -- would cost the freshman the rest of the season.

Hills was injured trying to make a tackle after an interception late in the second quarter. The quarterback was trying to square up Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson when he was blocked in the back by linebacker Ricky Dowdy. Hills fell awkwardly to the turf, and he was carted off the field after the play.

"I am very disappointed for Perry," Edsall said in an official statement released by the school. "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."

Hills was thrust into the starter's role when incumbent starter C.J. Brown sustained a season-ending knee injury during non-contact drills before the season. If you think the horrible luck for Maryland quarterbacks is isolated to this Terps team, you're mistaken. Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times pointed out that Maryland hasn't had a wire-to-wire starting quarterback since Sam Hollenbach in 2006.

Sophomore Devin Burns and true freshman Caleb Rowe are now the only scholarship quarterbacks left on the roster. Burns -- a quarterback-turned-wideout-turned-quarterback -- ran for 50 yards and led three scoring drives in the second half against NC State. Rowe entered the game for the final possession and was able to march the offense 60 yards in 30 seconds to set up Brad Craddock with a potential game-winning kick.

Edsall didn't have a comment on plans for the quarterback position moving forward, though he is expected to discuss the issue further during media availability on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hills was the first true freshman quarterback to win a start in Maryland history and even earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after a 37-26 win at Temple in early September. His 2012 totals will be capped at 1,336 yards on 57.4-percent passing with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Maryland (4-3, 2-1 ACC) plays at Boston College on Saturday.

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