Senior quarterback Perry Hills is Maryland’s starting quarterback again after sitting out last week’s game against Minnesota with a shoulder injury. The team didn’t make any announcement, but Hills was under center when the Terps began their first drive against Michigan State.
Hills’ status had been in question all week. He was listed as the starter on the team’s depth chart, but head coach DJ Durkin did not give any updates on the senior’s shoulder during midweek press conferences.
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Hills has not seen the field since late in the second quarter at Penn State two weeks ago, when he was hit in the shoulder on an inside run. True freshman Tyrrell Pigrome played the rest of that contest and the entirety of the Minnesota game, from which Hills was scratched at the last minute.
After a predominantly disastrous 2015 campaign, Hills has mostly been solid this season. He has completed 50-of-80 passes for 622 yards, throwing six touchdowns and getting picked off twice.
In six straight quarters with Pigrome, the Terps scored 10 total points, with all of those coming in the fourth quarter last week. Hills’ return doesn’t automatically mean the offense will start humming again, but it is encouraging.