Maryland’s new two-deep depth chart, released on Monday in advance of this week’s game against Michigan State, lists junior Perry Hills as the team’s starting quarterback. That should be no surprise, despite the fact that senior Caleb Rowe was inserted into Saturday’s game against Wisconsin as the Terrapins tried to make a fourth-quarter comeback.
“Perry is our starting quarterback,” interim head coach Mike Locksley said on Sunday during a conference call with the media. “There’s no quarterback controversy whatsoever.”
Locksley’s explanation is this:
Just as he inserts Shane Cockerille for certain plays at quarterback to take the load off Hills running the football, Maryland was put in an obvious passing situation late against Wisconsin so he inserted a quarterback who can throw the deep ball and -- aside from an interception -- it gave them a chance to tie the game late.
So what we’re seeing is essentially a base offense built around Hills with packages for Cockerille and situations for Rowe.
“As I’ve said before,” Locksley said, “we’re going to do whatever it take to try to win ball games and we develop a plan.”
Turnovers will probably still be an issue. Rowe threw an interception in the short time he was on the field and Maryland hasn’t had a game with less than two total turnovers since its season-opening win over Richmond.
But it is an approach that recognizes inherent issues of their personnel and displays a willingness to evolve and build a game plan that fits what you’re able to put on the field.