Senior Perry Hills seems to be ahead of the pack in Maryland’s five-man battle for the starting quarterback spot.
Hills is taking a “bulk of the first team reps” according to Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post. Hills is competing for the spot against Caleb Rowe (who is working his way back from an injury), Gage Shaffer, Tyrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager.
“The number one thing is really the guy that can lead the team and lead the offense the best. There is a lot that goes into that but it is a lot more than just throwing, first-year Marlyand coach D.J. Durkin said at Maryland’s Media Day on Tuesday.
“The decision-making is really critical. We talk a bunch about protecting the football and having great ball security. That is the guy that has the ball in his hands every snap. He has to be a great decision maker and protect that football for our team and us.”
Hills, a Pittsburgh native, has appeared in 17 games throughout his career, throwing for a combined 2,423 yards, 17 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a 53.5 completion percentage. Hills also had 535 rushing yards in 2015, a season in which he made eight starts.
Rowe, meanwhile, has appeared in 22 games over the last four seasons throwing for 2,662 yards, 18 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and a 50.5 completion percentage.
Durkin did not say if he had a deadline in mind to make a decision, but he mentioned he wanted to “start pairing it down” after the Terps next scrimmage.