COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland junior quarterback Perry Hills will be the team’s starting quarterback going forward, interim head coach Mike Locksley said during his introductory press conference on Sunday.
“Number one,” Locksley said, “stabilizing the quarterback position first and foremost was the most important thing for us to do and what you saw [Saturday vs. Ohio State] was a byproduct of us stabilizing it.”
Prior to Saturday’s game, Maryland was essentially down to the last card in its deck at quarterback. Hills did not work the first time around. Caleb Rowe led the FBS in interceptions. Daxx Garman was getting sacked at a high rate and completing a low percentage of his passes.
So Maryland dusted off what looked like the old playbook used when now-graduated quarterback C.J. Brown was under center and made Hills a dual-threat. It worked, with Maryland keeping it competitive for three solid quarters before ultimately losing to Ohio State
“The decision was made last Sunday with Coach [Edsall] and I that we were going to make the commitment to Perry Hills as our starting quarterback and that he wouldn’t have to look over his shoulder,” Locksley said. “And because of the skill set that Perry brings to the program and to our offense, we have to build it around that.”
Questions of consistency in the wide receiving corps will persist, but the offensive game plan Maryland rolled out on Saturday looked to be more foundationally solid than in weeks past.
Maryland gives itself a chance when it doesn’t turn the ball over and by moving Hills around, the defense was given a number of different looks.
“What you saw earlier in the year was based off the type of quarterback that was playing,” Locksley explained. “Caleb Rowe, more of a pro-style dropback guy, but once we made the decision to go with Perry, Perry’s skill set enabled us to do some things offensively that we displayed yesterday and we’re hoping to be able to build on.”
But 25 carries for your quarterback in conference play? Maybe durability will be the next question.