Maryland names quarterback starter, adds UNC QB transfer
Walt Bell has his guy.
The new Maryland offensive coordinator has been looking for someone to step up at the quarterback position and claim the starting job. On Wednesday, the team announced that Perry Hills will be the Terps’ starter on opening day.
“After an open competition through the spring and the first two-plus weeks of training camp, we’re excited to move forward with Perry Hills as our starting quarterback,” Maryland coach DJ Durkin said in a statement. “Perry has embraced this challenge from Day One and has put in the work and shown improvement every day.
“He’s grasped our offense and the way we want to do things, and has shown tremendous leadership.”
But the Terps might have another guy.
Maryland also announced that it added North Carolina transfer Caleb Henderson, who will sit out in 2016 and have two years of eligibility remaining. The former Lake Braddock star could be Bell’s quarterback of the future with Hills and Caleb Rowe graduating after the 2016 season.
Henderson had announced his plans to transfer after sliding back to No. 3 on the UNC depth chart. The 6-3, 215-pound third-year player was a former U.S. Army All-American and was rated as the No. 10 quarterback in the 2014 class.
The question now, of course, is whether or not Hills will do enough to hold on to the job. Hills was the opening day starter last year, and he earned nine starts. But he was often replaced in games because of his high interception percentage. Maryland threw for more interceptions than every FBS school in the country.
Will Bell’s new up-tempo offense suit Hills better than Mike Locksley’s? We’ll find out when Maryland kicks off the Durkin era a week from Saturday against Howard.