Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday during a conference call with the media that junior Perry Hills is once again in consideration to be the team’s starting quarterback as the Terrapins prepare for No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus.
“Oh, yeah. Yeah,” Edsall said when asked if Hills would again be in the mix. “We told Perry from the beginning, ‘Hey, just because this happened now, don’t pay into it because you just don’t what could happen.’ And he’s done that.”
He would presumably join senior Caleb Rowe and graduate transfer Daxx Garman as the three players under serious consideration.
Hills won the starting job out of training camp and started the first two games of the season for the Terrapins. He was benched in the second half of the team’s loss to Bowling Green and was demoted to third string beginning in Week 3 against South Florida.
Rowe has started since, but he was also benched in the second half of losses to West Virginia and Michigan and replaced by Garman.
After that 28-0 loss to Michigan on Saturday, Edsall said a change would likely be coming.
Hill was replaced earlier in the season mostly for his inability to get the ball down the field vertically. With talented players at the wide receiver position, including Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, and D.J. Moore, the first game and a half of the season seemed to show Hills’ limited skill set when it came to throwing the deep ball.
Rowe fixed that, on paper, and his four-touchdown performance against South Florida seemed to support the reasons for the switch. But the interceptions persisted and he now leads the FBS by a wide margin with 12 interceptions.
Garman has not won the job outright with his performance during the time that he has been in the game, going 6-of-18 passing for 115 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
“We’re going to make a decision that we feel is best for our team moving forward,” Edsall said, “and what we feel we need to do in order to be successful and move the ball and do the things that we have to do. Everybody’s in play there.”
The starter, though, may not be publicly acknowledged by the program until game time on Saturday against Ohio State. Kickoff is set for noon.