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First Half QB Report: Perry Hills vs. Ohio State

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First Half QB Report: Perry Hills vs. Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Perry Hills started his third game of the season at quarterback for Maryland vs. Ohio State and his first since Week 2 against Bowling Green.

Here are CSN’s takeaways from the first half.

1) Opening up the playbook

With Caleb Rowe or Daxx Garman under center the past few weeks, Maryland’s playbook has been limited to plays from inside the pocket. Perry Hills brings some mobility, which allows Maryland to open things up.

Early on, there were a lot of bootlegs and rollouts in an attempt to shift the Ohio State defense around and spread them out. Success was not overwhelming, but it was a different look.

2) And then the early strike

Hills had been benched previously because he could not get the ball down the field. Well in the first quarter on Saturday, a nice play-action call out of a timeout freed up wide receiver D.J. Moore over the top and Hills hit him with a 52-yard strike for a touchdown.

Hills ran down the field to celebrate, arms raised, and it gave Maryland an early gust of wind in their sails to begin the game on the road.

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3) Ohio State adjusts

After that big strike, Hills struggled to find his receivers. Aside from the 52-yard touchdown, he was 1-of-10 the rest of the half for 10 yards.

There was undoubtedly more life to the offense with Hills under center than there has been the last two weeks under Rowe or Garman, but that doesn’t mean it was necessarily spectacular.

Maryland managed just over 100 yards of total offense in the game against Michigan. It had 197 yards by the half, aided by a late 75-yard Hills run.

4) But those legs

Hills surprised many near the end of the half by breaking through the gut of the defense for a 75-yard run, turning a drive that seemed to be a routine end-of-the-half clock bleed into a scoring drive that made it 21-14 at the break.

Halftime Hills Stats: 2-of-11, 62 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT | 9 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.

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