December 7, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps hope to get back on track against USF to keep bowl aspirations alive

It was down right ugly for the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday beginning in the second half. Not only did the team lose the game after many fans left due to weather, but the team was blown out and embarrassed against a non-power five conference school in MAC power Bowling Green. It was known going into the game that the Terps would have to prevent the Falcon’s spread offense from getting on a roll, but the lose sets them back in what can now be classified as a filler year before 4-star QB Dwayne Haskins arrives next year.

If one assumes losses to Big 10 and national powers Ohio State and Michigan State, the Terrapins would have to win five of their other eight remaining games to be bowl eligible come December. That includes bouts against the always tough Wisconsin Badgers and budding rivalries with improving teams like Michigan, Penn State, and Rutgers. It will not be impossible, but the Terps can ill afford another loss in non-conference play.

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

AFTER SATURDAY’S POOR OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE, RANDY EDSALL TAKES SWIFT ACTION BY BENCHING HILLS

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.

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Maryland Football: Terps look to continue mounting momentum against Bowling Green

Now that Randy Edsall and company have taken care of the FCS power Richmond Spiders in a convincing 50-21 victory, they will now have their minds set on welcoming in the Bowling Green Falcons, who gave the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers a tough battle on the road. Maryland will look to nearly exactly replicate Tennessee’s game plan against Bowling Green through rushing the ball on offense, defending the fast paced passing attack on defense, and winning the field position game on special teams.

It was clear that Perry Hills struggled in the passing game against the Spiders with multiple underthrown passes, but head coach Edsall has continued to name Hills as the starting quarterback over backup options like Caleb Rowe or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

Regardless, the Terps will rely heavily on their running attack, which did not seem to miss a beat after the departures of both Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid. Brandon Ross (18 carries for 150 yards), Wes Brown (13 carries for 74 yards), and freshman Ty Johnson (10 carries for 83) were the major benefactors of a bulked up offensive line against Richmond.

Tennessee had a similar mindset to attack the Bowling Green defense as they also had three main rushers combine for 356 yards on over seven yards per carry. In a game that saw nobody catch more than two passes for the Terps in a receiving corp that is still suffering from the losses of Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Marcus Leak, and Juwann Winfree it will be completely up to the ground game to put up points.

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