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Maryland football’s Perry Hills and Roman Braglio once took an improv dance class together

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland quarterback Perry Hills and defensive end Roman Braglio are close friends on and off the football field. When Hills departed from the Central Florida game with a shoulder injury suffered on the first play of double overtime, Braglio hit him in that shoulder and jokingly told him to “toughen up.” Braglio suffered a similar injury earlier in his career and didn’t miss a game, so from the beginning he expected his teammate of five years to return to action after the bye week.

The two large football players also took an improvisational dance class together during their sophomore year. Both are 6’2 and well over 200 pounds (Braglio is listed at 262, Hills at 213), so it’s a safe bet that they stood out among their classmates.

“It’s definitely different,” Hills said of taking a dance course. “We had fun with it.”

The school website’s schedule of classes suggests that the class in question is Improvisation I (classified as Dance 109). It’s a two-credit course that requires department permission and a $25 lab fee; evidently, neither proved to be obstacles for the duo.

As improv dancers, “Perry’s probably an F, and I’m probably a C-,” Braglio said. Hills actually concedes that the defensive end was a little “looser” than he was.

Of course, Hills and Braglio aren’t the only Terps with a dance class on their transcripts: Senior cornerback Alvin Hill is currently taking ballet. Although we don’t currently know of any other players who have taken such a course, the list probably extends beyond those three.

“I can assure you that after every practice, there’s some sort of dance-off or something going on in the locker room,” Braglio said, “so it wouldn’t shock me if someone took some dance classes.”

In other news

Safety Denzel Conyers has a torn ACL, DJ Durkin announced in his Tuesday press conference. That will end his season and perhaps his Maryland career, which is heartbreaking.

Here’s what the Terps have to do in order to qualify for a bowl game. Maryland needs three conference wins, and it’s more likely than not that it reaches that number. The Terps’ advanced statistical profile (which you should definitely check out and bookmark if you’re into that stuff) gives Maryland an 82 percent chance of winning at least six games, although the most likely outcomes are 7-5 and 6-6.

Maryland men’s soccer is No. 1 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week. The Terps (6-0-2) received 22 of 24 first-place votes and 597 of a possible 600 points. They took the top spot last week because teams lost ahead of them, but a convincing 2-0 win over Michigan State seemed to strengthen their case.

With Vin Scully calling his last game this Sunday, Maryland football reminded us via tweet that the program was actually part of his first professional assignment.

In November 1949, a 21-year-old Scully called a Maryland-Boston University game from the roof of Fenway Park. The Los Angeles Times in 2009 retold the story about how he was actually unprepared to work in the frigid weather. The Terps won the contest, 14-13, and Scully went on to have a decent run with the Dodgers. It looks like the Maryland is sending him a helmet, which we’ll hopefully see on his head at least once.