Maryland Football: 5 Biggest Takeaways from Saturday’s Win

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2. Hills Creating Some Doubt at QB

Sep 5, 2015; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) throws the ball against the Richmond Spiders at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Given the underdog story of Terps’ starting quarterback Perry Hills, it’s not hard to root for the kid. However, it is hard to defend his performance in the season opener.

Hills got off to a rough start on the season. He just never really looked comfortable in the game. He completed 12-of-21 pass attempts for 138 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception on an ill-advised deep pass.

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Hills did complete a few difficult throws, but the poor throws he made seemed to outweigh the good ones. On multiple occasions, he either overthrew or under threw a wide open receiver. Outside of the interception, two plays in particular stand out. The first came in the second quarter when Hills overthrew Wes Brown on a screen pass. The second came in the second half when he had Brown wide open, yet decided to run the ball, only picking up a couple yards.

Let’s cut Hills a little bit of slack, considering it’s only Week 1. But, he struggled against Richmond, which on paper is the easiest game on Maryland’s schedule. If he doesn’t improve, Edsall may need to sit him.