BALTIMORE -- One of the first things that interim head coach Mike Locksley did was name quarterback Perry Hills the definitive starter for Maryland.
That left some wiggle room to carve out a package for Shane Cockerille (more on that below), but much looked familiar on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore vs. Penn State
Here is an analysis of the quarterback play through 30 minutes.
1) The same game plan
Maryland used Perry Hills as a dual-threat quarterback before the bye week against Ohio State. It was clear from the start that the plan was the same against Penn State. Locksley stuck with a lot of read-option and the occasional shot deep downfield.
2) But mistakes haunt him
Maryland’s first three drives all made it into Penn State territory, but two of them ended in Hills turnovers. On a deep ball in the direction of Malcolm Culmer, he was hit and it was underthrow and intercepted.
Later, he took a designed run to the outside and was hit by a Penn State defender, which knocked the ball free.
3) Some Shane Cockerille action under center
In an attempt to shake up the offense and reduce the number of hits taken by Hills, Locksley shifted former fullback Shane Cockerille to quarterback for a drive in the first half.
He does not look downfield like Hills might, but ran the read-option competently.
Perry Hills: 11-of-14, 111 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Shane Cockerille: No statistics recorded.