The Washington Times - August 21, 2012, 11:51AM

Maryland coach Randy Edsall named freshman Perry Hills as the Terrapins’ starting quarterback on Tuesday.

Edsall made the announcement on his Twitter account. Caleb Rowe will be Maryland’s backup in the Sept. 1 opener against William & Mary, while Devin Burns will serve as the No. 3 quarterback.

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Hills took over as the starter when junior C.J. Brown suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last week. He handled the first team snaps in Maryland’s open scrimmage Saturday and seemed especially adept at handling the zone reads in coordinator Mike Locksley’s offense.

The contents of the announcement, then, were hardly a surprise. It was somewhat unexpected Edsall, who remained tight-lipped about nearly all quarterback-related decisions last season, to make an announcement 11 days before the opener.

Hills, who like Brown is a western Pennsylvania native, created separation between himself and Rowe during the first week of camp. Rowe worked primarily with the second team since Brown’s injury.

Burns arrived at Maryland as a quarterback in 2010, enrolling a semester early. He was moved to wide receiver shortly after Edsall’s hire but volunteered to move back to quarterback when Brown went down in a noncontact drill.

Maryland entered camp with three scholarship quarterbacks available, with Brown the only one possessing any game experience. Ricardo Young, a transfer from New Mexico, is required to sit out this season in accordance with NCAA rules.

Hills will become only the sixth freshman to start at quarterback at Maryland, and the first since Danny O’Brien in 2010. He will be only the third true freshman to start for the Terps, joining Randall Jones (1998) and Latrez Harrison (1999).

He will also be only the second freshman to start an opener for Maryland, joining Calvin McCall (1999).

Patrick Stevens