SALISBURY, Md.- The Maryland Terrapins are in their second year in the Big Ten conference and are looking to improve upon their overall 7-6 record in 2014.
After a 1-1 start to the 2015 season, the Terps are making a change at quarterback. Caleb Rowe will take Perry Hills’ starting position in Week three against the University of South Florida at home.
“Perry is a great kid and he competed, but I just saw some things I didn’t think we were getting done in order for us to be who we need to be offensively,” Head Coach Randy Edsall said. “The switch will allow us to be more versatile and do some of the things we’d like to be able to do, like being able to put more pressure on the defense.”
Perry Hills out as Maryland’s starting QB. Caleb Rowe & Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman listed 1st/2nd team entering USF game
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 14, 2015
The non-conference USF matchup will be the team’s third consecutive home game. They will only have home field advantage in three of eight of the Big Ten matchups this season.
The Terrapins finished 4-4 in the Big Ten last year. The real challenge comes when their in-conference games begin in Week five against Michigan at home. After Week five, the remainder of their games will consist of Big Ten matchups.
Here is a look at how the Terrapins performed in the Big Ten in 2014:
Week 5: Indiana – away: W, 37-12
Week 6: Ohio State – home: L, 55-25
Week 7: Iowa – home: W, 38-31
Week 8: Wisconsin – away: L, 52-7
Week 9: Penn State – away: W, 20-19
Week 10: Michigan State – home: L, 37-15
Week 11: Michigan – away, W, 23-16
Week 12: Rutgers – home: L, 41-38
Edsall is hoping this change at the quarterback position will put the Terps in position to beat their Big Ten 4-4 record last year.
“Caleb has a pretty strong arm. I am excited to see what he going to do. I think that is a great opportunity for him as well,” Edsall said. “He has been waiting to be in the starting role for a couple years now. It is his time to step up and show what he can do as a quarterback.”
He believes Rowe is now better physically and mentally than he was coming into camp.
USF also has a current 1-1 record and is looking to improve upon its 2014, 4-8 record
“They’re a very aggressive, active defense. They run the 4-2-5. They do a really good job,” Edsall said. “Offensively, they run the spread attack. Quinton Flowers, the quarterback, is very mobile and athletic. They like to run the ball and run play action passes, and they’re very sound on special teams.”
Edsall admitted the Terps did not have their best week in Week two, falling to Bowling Green 48-27.
“We did not put up enough points to win the game and we can take the blame for that,” Edsall said.
He is hoping the change at quarterback will propel the team to more in-conference victories with what seems to be a trail run in with Rowe in Week three against USF.