Maryland starting quarterback Perry Hills has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season, the school announced Monday.
It's a devastating loss to a program that already had to replace two starting quarterbacks, as Danny O'Brien transferred to Wisconsin this past summer, and his backup, starter C.J. Brown, suffered a season-ending knee injury in August.
Hills, a true freshman who started the first seven games this season, suffered the injury in the first half of Saturday's 20-18 loss to NC State.
"I am very disappointed for Perry," coach Randy Edsall said in a prepared statement. "I was proud of the way he stepped in this season and led our team. Perry is a great competitor and I know how strongly his teammates feel about him. We will do everything we can to support him through the rehab process."
The Terps (4-3) will now turn to backups Caleb Rowe, a true freshman, and Devin Burns, who was a receiver for Maryland until Brown was injured. They are the only quarterbacks remaining on the roster who are currently eligible.
Burns volunteered to help out at quarterback, the original position he played in high school. Burns replaced Hills against NC State and led the Terps on three second-half scoring drives. He finished 3-for-4 for 47 yards. He also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown. He played in seven games last year as a reserve receiver, with one catch for 17 yards.
Hills was just the third true freshman quarterback to start for Maryland in school history. In seven starts, he completed 97 of 169 passing attempts (57.4 percent) for 1,336 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
Hills had his best performance of the season against West Virginia, when he finished 20-of-29 for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Hills was named ACC Rookie of the Week after going 11-of-21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns at Temple.