Maryland backup quarterback Caleb Rowe will miss the remainder of the season with after tearing his left ACL in practice Tuesday, the Terrapins announced Saturday. Rowe also tore his left ACL as a true freshman in 2012. Unlike most backup quarterbacks, Rowe has been an important part of Maryland's offense over the past two weeks, subbing in for C.J. Brown due to injury (vs. Indiana) and poor performance (vs. Ohio State).
Rowe will not be eligible for a medical redshirt, as we are now halfway through the season. He completed 63 percent of his passes this season for 9.1 yards per attempt (both team highs), with five touchdowns against four interceptions. Against Indiana, he completed 12 of 18 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Against Ohio State, he completed 13 of 22 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions.
Rowe gave Maryland a different dimension at the quarterback position, as he was the only Terrapin signal-caller able to reliably throw a deep ball. The backup position will now likely go to either redshirt freshman Shane Cockerille or redshirt sophomore Perry Hills, both of whom have spent time on the special teams unit this season. As a true freshman in 2012, Hills completed 57.4% of his passes for 7.9 yards per attempt, with eight touchdowns against seven interceptions.