COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Randy Edsall had used nearly every card in his deck at the quarterback position through five games this season, but against the nation’s No. 1 team -- and while declining to speak publicly about his plans all week -- he found one of the most effective ways to play his hand by the same Perry Hills card he had used before.
Hills, executing an offensive plan that looked similar to what had been employed in the past with now-graduated quarterback C.J. Brown under center, carried the ball 25 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday against the Buckeyes.
Paired with his 10-of-27 passing for 133 yards, it was not enough to pull off the monumental upset, but it gave life and fight to a Maryland team that mustered just six points over the previous two games.
“Perry Hills, I mean, he was a warrior today,” Edsall said. “He just competed and took some shots and kept going and he was the guy that made the big plays for us all day long.
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“We knew that we had to run the ball against them and the quarterback was going to be a big part of what we were going to do to be successful.”
Hills’ mobility was part of the reason that he won the starting job out of training camp for Maryland, but the playbook really opened up against Ohio State.
His grittiness became an identity in Columbus, peppering in big plays like his 52-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Moore that stunned the crowd of more than 100,000 at Ohio Stadium and his 75-yard run up the gut near halftime that was key in allowing Maryland to keep this game competitive.
“Guys just saw a great opportunity and they wanted to take advantage of it,” Hills said. “You don’t get a bigger stage than this.”
Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.
Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.
Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.
With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders. The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.
Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off. Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them. He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).
No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.
Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.
After today though, it may be hard to say no.
D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!
Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.
But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!
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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.
He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.
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