There are two basic ways to handle a young starting quarterback who is struggling.
One is to consider a quick hook. The other is to absorb inevitable growing pains as part of the learning process.
Maryland’s treatment of Perry Hills has —- and will likely remain —- the latter.
“There’s going to be mistakes that are going to happen,” Edsall said. “I think the thing is, your experience tells you there are going to be mistakes. All the mistakes aren’t all on Perry. It’s something we have to work through.”
Hills is 37 of 69 for 444 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions through three games. He has taken every snap for the Terrapins (2-1), who visit No. 8 West Virginia (2-0) on Saturday.
Hills’ backups are fellow true freshman Caleb Rowe and sophomore Devin Burns, who moved from wide receiver during camp. Neither has taken a snap at quarterback at the college level.
Without an established option behind Hills, it makes sense Edsall would stick with the first-year starter as he endures his share of ups and downs.
“We’re committed to him,” Edsall said. “We’re trying to get two other guys ready in case something does happen. We want him to go out and play and get better and keep learning. A lot of times, you’re not going to replace somebody if you don’t feel there’s somebody as good and ready to go behind them. … You’re going to play the best people. Right now, we feel like we have the best person out there.”
—- Patrick Stevens