The quarterback position is one of the most experienced in the ACC this season, but there are two rookies who are making their debuts as full-time starters: Miami’s Stephen Morris and Maryland’s Perry Hills. Here’s a quick report card on how they’ve fared so far:
The good: Hills, a true freshman, has kept his poise despite the unexpected promotion after starter C.J. Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury. He was recently named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Terps’ 36-27 win against Temple. He completed 11 of 21 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He was at his best on third down, and made several game-changing plays.
The bad: Hills has been sacked five times this season, including four last week against Temple. The Terps need to protect their quarterback and keep him on his feet, as they certainly can’t afford another injury at the position.
The ugly: Those two touchdowns against Temple? They’re his only ones. Hills threw for three interceptions and no scores in his debut against William & Mary.
The good: His completion percentage is 66.2, and he’s only thrown one interception in two road games. Morris has completed 47 of 71 pass attempts for 422 yards and one touchdown. He had career highs of 28 completions and 45 attempts in the season-opening win against Boston College.
The bad: He was sacked five times in the loss to Kansas State. Notice a trend here? He’s been sacked a total of six times already this season.
The ugly: In the fourth quarter against Kansas State, Morris fumbled the ball away while getting sacked. Daniel Sams scored on a 15-yard run on the next play to give Kansas State a 45-6 lead with 10:51 remaining.