After Losing Perry Hills to Injury, Maryland Forced to Evaluate Other Options

 

With Another QB Lost for the Season, Where Does Maryland Turn Next?

Maryland‘s quarterback is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Again.

Back in August, the only veteran QB on Maryland’s squad, unquestioned starter C.J. Brown, tore his ACL in practice and was lost for the season. After a bit of a QB competition in camp, true freshman Perry Hills became the starter for the Terps. Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Devin Burns returned to his QB role and eventually ended up as the no. 2 QB on the depth chart. The plan had been for the other true freshman QB on the roster, Caleb Rowe, to redshirt for the year.

Last Saturday, Hills threw an interception near the end of the first half. During his attempt to make a tackle, he was blocked in the back, went down and badly twisted his knee, resulting in the second Maryland QB in three months lost for the season because of a torn ACL. Burns played most of the second half, and Rowe burned his redshirt in the last 30 seconds, nearly leading the Terps to a wild victory against NC State (which they would have had if not for a missed field goal).

So what happens now for the Terps?

Obviously, losing their starting QB again is not good. Hills had been the unquestioned starter ever since Brown went down. Now that he is out, the job will fall to either Burns or Rowe. While it is certainly not good for the team to be forced, yet again, to have a new starting QB, all hope is not lost for the season.

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ACC Football 2012 Previews & Prediction: Week 2 (Part Two)

Boston College’s New-Look Offense Hopes to Put Up Big Numbers Against Maine This Weekend

This is Part Two of this week’s Previews & Predictions feature. Also check out Part One.

Maine Black Bears (0-0) at Boston College Eagles (0-1) (0-1): As disappointing as last week’s loss to Miami was, you couldn’t help but notice that spark from BC’s players that’s been missing these past few seasons. New offensive coordinator Doug Martin’s already performed a miracle after Chase Rettig‘s phenomenal passing day, and something tells me we’ll be seeing much more of the same against Maine. If they go five-wide all day I wouldn’t be surprised. The Black Bears are far too rusty to keep up with a team fresh off an exciting, active first game. Prediction: Boston College 48, Maine 20

Austin Peay Governors (0-1) at Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) (1-0): Austin Peay got absolutely smoked by Western Kentucky last week. So if that’s any indication of the team that will be facing the Hokies, expect this one to be quick. Now, Tech is coming off a short week, having just played on Monday. But a lowly FCS school is exactly what they need to shake off the final cobwebs. The Pistol formation looked like it had a lot of potential, so Logan Thomas would be well-advised to give it some more practice runs against the Governors. Prediction: Virginia Tech 41, Austin Peay 0

North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0): Two North Carolina schools faced FCS opponents last weekend. One came out of it looking like they had one of the country’s best offenses. The other looked as if they’d struggle to win four games. After tallying 62 points on Saturday, there’s no telling what Larry Fedora’s UNC offense will do next. So long as running back Giovani Bernard‘s knee doesn’t become an issue, they’ll give defenses issues all season. Wake has a defense (sometimes) so it appears they’ll be having some issues. Prediction: UNC 45, Wake 24

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ACC 2012 Scheduling Outlook: Boston College Eagles

Boston College Coach Frank Spaziani Has His Work Cut Out For Him in 2012

With all of the insanity going on over in the Big East, we wanted to give a breakdown of each of the ACC‘s schedules — how the teams stack up, and some thoughts on overall difficulty. If these change at all, we’ll also be sure to update them on a rolling basis. All information is up-to-date as of publishing, based on the latest from FBSchedules.com.

Today’s breakdown: Boston College Eagles

The Eagles’ non-conference schedule is par for the course in the FBS, featuring a traditional rival, a 6/7-win BCS conference school, a lower-tier FBS school and FCS school from the same general geographic region. Notre Dame (the traditional rival) is coming off a bowl season, and is projected by most to appear in the preseason top 25. Their other major non-conference matchup is the road end of a home-and-home with Northwestern. The Widlcats (starting their backup quarterback) slugged out an ugly win over BC last year in an ominous opening game in Chestnut Hill, Mass, and Boston College would love nothing more than to return the favor. While Army‘s no world-beater, the game will be played at West Point, NY — a more intimidating venue than most would assume. Lastly, the Eagles get an unpredictable Maine Black Bears team with a history of catching FBS schools (mainly Syracuse) off-guard early.

In league play, Boston College is certain to struggle with a top-loaded schedule, and of course, no Luke Kuechly. Of the four ACC programs appearing in the incredibly early preseason pollsFlorida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech and NC State — they face all of them. Additionally, BC sees fringe top-25 team Georgia Tech, a potentially dangerous Wake Forest squad and Miami. Oh, and Maryland. Even the most optimistic Eagles fan can’t see more than two league wins there, and even that assumes a lot of cards fall just right. Full schedule in hand, and a tough road ahead, the stage is set to be Frank Spaziani’s last season as head coach.