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Maryland QB Kasim Hill leaves UCF game with injury; Max Bortenschlager takes over

With the injury to the freshman, the Terps are down to their third quarterback.

NCAA Football: Towson at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include postgame quotes.

With sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome already out for the season with a torn ACL, Maryland football will now look to its third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager, after Kasim Hill went down with an injury in the first quarter against UCF.

The true freshman was helped off the field, in clear pain, after a hit to his right leg on a scramble.

After trainers evaluated Hill on the field, he was helped off, not able to put a lot of weight on his right leg.

Hill was unable to return to the game, and Maryland finished the day with Bortenschlager under center.

Bortenschlager looked promising in his first drive after taking over, moving the chains with a 19-yard pass to D.J. Moore, but the drive stalled out. It’s unknown who is backing up Bortenschlager, but the Terps have two more quarterbacks in Ryan Brand and Caleb Henderson, though the latter was seen on the sideline with a clipboard. Legend Brumbaugh, the only other quarterback listed, was in sweats. In a pinch, offensive coordinator Walt Bell has said running backs Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison can both run the offense.

The rest of the day was rough for the Terps, as the game ended in a 38-10 beating at the hands of UCF, giving Maryland its first loss. After the game, Coach DJ Durkin did not have an immediate update on Hill’s status, saying he’ll “probably know more tomorrow” after Hill is further examined.

“You got to control what you control, we say it to them all the time. Injuries are a part of this game,” Durkin said after the game. “And things we can’t, hey, it is what it is. ... It’s part of the game and something we talk about and have educated [Hill] on how to avoid hits. But at the end of the day he’s a competitor.”