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Edsall says (two different ways) Hills is still starting QB


Edsall says (two different ways) Hills is still starting QB

During a conference call with the media on Sunday, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said two different ways that, following the team's season-opening win over Richmond, Perry Hills is Maryland's starting quarterback.

"Perry is the starting quarterback," he said plainly. "He understands, just like all of our positions, if guys don't do the things they need to do, I'm very happy with who we have behind him."

Hills got off to a rocky start against Richmond, going 0-of-4 with an interception to begin the game. He would eventually settle down to finish 12-of-21 for 138 yards, with two touchdowns and that one interception.

His best throw of the day came on a curl route to wide receiver Malcolm Culmer, who turned the ball upfield on the near sideline and took it 37 yards for the score.

"Just like every position, not just Perry, we just want to see guys improve," Edsall said Sunday. "We want to see guys get better with the fundamentals. We want to see them get better with the technique. We want to see the consistency that we need in all phases of the game."


Edsall also said Sunday that the two-deep depth chart that was released prior to the opener against Richmond will not have any changes as the team prepares for Bowling Green. It will be the same.

On that depth chart, Hills was listed as the starter with Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman as backups.

The good news for Hills as he settles into the offense is that the combination of Brandon Ross and Wes Brown (with possibly with freshman Ty Johnson in the mix) seems to be formidable. The three backs combined to average 7.6 yards per carry against Richmond as a security blanket for Hills when the passing game was absent.

Even a better sign for Maryland? Its next opponent, Bowling Green, surrendered 399 yards on the ground to Tennessee in a 59-30 loss to the Volunteers.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.