December 7, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps demote Perry Hills to third string, Caleb Rowe to start


The Maryland Terrapins released their two deep depth chart today ahead of Saturday’s home game against the University of South Florida. After starting the first two games of the season, Perry Hills has lost his job as QB1 in favor of redshirt junior Caleb Rowe. Hills was completely left off the two deep depth chart as Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman is listed as Rowe’s backup.

Hills has struggled against two poor defenses out of the FCS and MAC conferences and the loss to Bowling Green in embarrassing fashion pushed Randy Edsall over the edge. Hills, before being removed in favor of Rowe on Saturday, has totaled 306 yards on 27 of 51 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has mirrored last year’s starter C.J. Brown than many have expected by totaling 119 yards on the ground on just 11 carries. The problem for Hills was more that he was not making the throws he was expected to in key situations that led to momentum shifts.

The bad news for Terps fans, many of who I have talked to are already ready for basketball season to begin, is that Caleb Rowe also may not be the solution. So far in extremely limited playing time this season, Rowe is one of four passing with two interceptions, granted he did not go in as the starter and missed essential reps with the first stringers during practice, but it certainly could not have been an easy decision for Edsall. Rowe was recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season during practice for much of the offseason and may have been a factor in Hills being named the starter in the first place when Rowe backed up Brown when healthy last year.

For Daxx Garman, he just has to continue to be prepared to play whether it be in practice with the second team or midway through the game against USF. Garman will likely get to show off his talent in a game soon and it may be creep up on us very soon.

For the time being Randy Edsall will like to have his starter solidified before the schedule picks up during Big Ten play. Moreover, even those this may be a waiting season before 4-star QB recruit Dwayne Haskins shows up, the Terps will still fight to make a bowl game this year. It will be hard for that to happen without stability at the quarterback position.

The Terps take on USF at Byrd Stadium at 12 PM on Saturday, September 19th and you can catch the game on ESPNU.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.


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