COLLEGE PARK -- Perry Hills got his first start for Maryland since the 2012 season on Saturday against Richmond with mixed results in the first half. Here are some early impressions through 30 minutes of gameplay.
- Starting Slow -- His first pass was dropped by Amba Etta-Tawo. His second was underthrown to fullback Kenny Goins in the end zone. His third was overthrown, intended for Malcolm Culmer. His fourth was intercepted deep, intended for Levern Jacobs.
- The Technical TD -- On a sweep from 23 yards out, Hills flipped the ball to Levern Jacobs as he came across the backfield. That’s technically a pass and Jacobs dipped, dashed, and took it the distance for the score. That was Hills’ first “touchdown pass” of the season.
- Showing Mobility -- Hills is not C.J. Brown, last year’s starter, in terms of running the read-option or being a run-first quarterback. But in the second quarter, he escaped the rush and scrambled for 13 yards.
- Stalling in Red Zone -- Maryland’s offense stalled on three drives in the red zone in the first half, mostly as it tried to throw the ball in the tighter space. Kicker Brad Craddock was able to get three points out of each drive, but touchdowns there will be more crucial as the season progresses.
Between those three drives, four Hills passes were batted down and there was one overthrow deep. Included in that was an underthrow to Jacobs when he had no defender within five yards of him.
- Bright Spot Before Half -- On his best throw of the day, Hills hit Malcolm Culmer on a comeback route on the near side of the field. Culmer turned after the catch, losing his defender and taking it the rest of the way for a 37-yard score.
- Stats -- Hills finished the first half 10-of-18 for 111 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He added 22 yards on the ground.