Oct 18, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) stretches to catch a wide snap against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Maryland head football coach Randy Edsall stayed true to his word by awarding the starting quarterback job to the player who played the best through the course of camp, which happened to be junior Perry Hills. However, if Hills does not continue his impressive performance in the regular season, how long will it be before Edsall decides to pull the plug? It shouldn’t be very long.
Now, I’m a big proponent of sticking with your guy, but typically that involves the quarterback of the future. That’s not what Hills is for Maryland. Is he the best option for the Terps right now? Well, Edsall surely thinks so, but that remains to be seen.
The pressure on Hills to perform this season may not be as high as one would assume due to the limited expectations for the Terps as a whole. However, being as though this team may be playing with house money at some point this season, there’s no reason that the Maryland coaches should feel as though they have to stick with Hills for the duration of the season.
If Hills fails to put up some consistent numbers, Edsall may want to test the waters with one of his other quarterbacks. Clearly, both Caleb Rowe and Daxx Garman were good enough to make for a legitimate quarterback competition.
Sure, Hills proved to be the best signal-caller this summer. But, let’s not get him confused for some sort of star. He is far from that, though he has potential.
This article is not meant to bash or be skeptical of Perry Hills, but to open up a discussion that will likely arise at some point this season. Maryland is very confident in his abilities and so am I (to a degree), so he should be held to the same standard as any other quarterback for a big-time college football program.
This is the Big Ten, not Pop Warner. Remember that.
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