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.