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Maryland football to start Kasim Hill at quarterback vs. Towson

The freshman takes over the job following the announcement of Tyrrell Pigrome’s injury status.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Texas John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Following Maryland football’s announcement of sophomore quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome’s injury status, freshman Kasim Hill will start under center against Towson.

Hill started the season No. 2 on the depth chart, but with Pigrome out for the season with a torn ACL, the Terps will look to the former four-star to man the helm. Hill will make his first collegiate start in Maryland’s home opener this Saturday.

Hill saw his first collegiate action near the end of the third quarter of the Terps’ opener against Texas, when Pigrome first went down on a scramble. Hill then successfully staved off a Longhorns comeback to get Maryland to 1-0.

Though he takes over the job following an injury, Hill appeared the most skilled all-around quarterback in open practices. He also comes in highly touted, as the top quarterback recruit from the DMV area.

In camp, Hill’s timing didn’t look quite up to game speed, but he was perfect in his only passes against the Longhorns, finishing 3-for-3 with 44 passing yards. His most impressive pass of the day came on third-and-19, when he found wideout D.J. Moore for a 40-yard completion. He later capped the drive with a 3-yard scamper for his first collegiate touchdown.

Offensive coordinator Walt Bell pointed out last week that Hill and Pigrome have similar skill sets, so don’t expect Maryland’s offensive gameplan to change too much against Towson.