Maryland quarterback Perry Hills has a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season.
Sophomore Devin Burns and freshman Caleb Rowe are the only remaining eligible scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. It is uncertain who will start for the Terrapins (4-3, 2-1 ACC) on Saturday at Boston College (1-6, 0-4).
Hills was injured in Saturday’s 20-18 loss to N.C. State when Wolfpack linebacker Rickey Dowdy pushed Hills from behind during an interception return. Hills’ left leg was already planted, and it buckled after contact. Television replays showed Hills sobbing as he was carted off the field.
“I am very disappointed for Perry,” coach Randy Edsall said in a statement released by the school. “I was proud of the way he stepped in this season and led our team. Perry is a great competitor and I know how strongly his teammates feel about him. We will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process.”
Edsall is expected to address Hills’ injury further during his weekly press conference Tuesday.
The loss of Hills is the continuation of Maryland’s remarkably lousy luck with quarterbacks. The Terps have not had a wire-to-wire starter since Sam Hollenbach in 2006. It is the second quarterback Maryland has lost to an ACL tear this season. Presumptive starter C.J. Brown was injured during an August practice.
Hills threw for 1,336 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions and took all but three snaps on the season prior to his injury. The Pittsburgh-area product endured some struggles, but also earned the ACC’s rookie of the week honor once, threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in a loss at West Virginia and became the first true freshman quarterback to win a start for the Terps.
Burns, who came to Maryland as a quarterback before switching to wideout last season, returned to quarterback after Brown’s injury. He ran for 50 yards Saturday, including a touchdown.
Rowe, like Hills a true freshman, entered in closing stages Saturday to run Maryland’s two-minute offense. He completed both of his passes for 50 yards to set up a 33-yard field goal attempt that ultimately clanked off the left upright.
—- Patrick Stevens