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Why Maryland will stick with Perry Hills as starting QB


Why Maryland will stick with Perry Hills as starting QB

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland junior quarterback Perry Hills will be the team’s starting quarterback going forward, interim head coach Mike Locksley said during his introductory press conference on Sunday.

“Number one,” Locksley said, “stabilizing the quarterback position first and foremost was the most important thing for us to do and what you saw [Saturday vs. Ohio State] was a byproduct of us stabilizing it.”

Prior to Saturday’s game, Maryland was essentially down to the last card in its deck at quarterback. Hills did not work the first time around. Caleb Rowe led the FBS in interceptions. Daxx Garman was getting sacked at a high rate and completing a low percentage of his passes.

So Maryland dusted off what looked like the old playbook used when now-graduated quarterback C.J. Brown was under center and made Hills a dual-threat. It worked, with Maryland keeping it competitive for three solid quarters before ultimately losing to Ohio State


“The decision was made last Sunday with Coach [Edsall] and I that we were going to make the commitment to Perry Hills as our starting quarterback and that he wouldn’t have to look over his shoulder,” Locksley said. “And because of the skill set that Perry brings to the program and to our offense, we have to build it around that.”

Questions of consistency in the wide receiving corps will persist, but the offensive game plan Maryland rolled out on Saturday looked to be more foundationally solid than in weeks past.

Maryland gives itself a chance when it doesn’t turn the ball over and by moving Hills around, the defense was given a number of different looks.

“What you saw earlier in the year was based off the type of quarterback that was playing,” Locksley explained. “Caleb Rowe, more of a pro-style dropback guy, but once we made the decision to go with Perry, Perry’s skill set enabled us to do some things offensively that we displayed yesterday and we’re hoping to be able to build on.”

But 25 carries for your quarterback in conference play? Maybe durability will be the next question.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.