Maryland quarterback Perry Hills, a true freshman who has played admirably this season in place of injured starter C.J. Brown, suffered a knee injury late in the second quarter of a 20-18 loss to NC State on Saturday and coach Randy Edsall said "it doesn't look good."
“Perry has a knee injury," Edsall said, according to the team's postgame report. "We will wait to see what the MRI tells about it, but it doesn’t look good. We will take a look at the film and look at how we will move forward. I think we have two guys who will help us move forward and it’s a credit to how they have prepared and to our offensive coaches for having those kids ready.”
Devin Burns helped lead Maryland on three scoring drives and finished with 50 rushing yards, 47 passing yards and a rushing touchdown. Freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe was thrown in the game with about 30 seconds remaining. Rowe completed his first pass attempt, a 17-yarder to Kevin Dorsey, and he had an 11-yard run and another 33-yard completion that set up a 33-yard field goal attempt by Brad Craddock that would have been the game winner.
“I was not surprised, coach always preaches to be prepared for whenever your number is called," Rowe said. "I work hard in practice and today I was ready to play. They were telling me through my headset to get ready to play.”
Edsall said he was pleased with his backup quarterbacks.
"I thought that [quarterback] Devin Burns came in and played well as a backup," Edsall said. "Caleb [Rowe] also came in and executed the two-minute drill with perfection. That is something that we have been working on and planned on bringing in Devin if something happened to Perry [Hills] and use Caleb in the two-minute offense. We got the ball down there, but unfortunately Brad [Craddock] didn’t make it and we came up two points short."