Can you believe that at this time next week, it will be game week? Where does the summer go? I say this every year, but when I was much younger the start of College Football season seemed like it approached with about as much speed as a glacier going uphill, now I blink my eyes and it’s here.
Can’t figure out if that is good or bad?
At any rate, what we need to do to get ready for the 2012 Season is get to know a man by the name of Perry Hills. First of all, my daughter is a HUGE Phineas and Ferb fan (by the way, what a well written show, I am glad she has such great taste). On that show her favorite character is Perry the Platypus who is part time pet, part time secret agent. When I break the news that Maryland’s starting QB is Perry, she will at first probably be confused, but then extremely ecstatic. I mean if you have to get the kids hooked when they are young, this could very well make her a Terp fan for life, assuming she had other choices available to her (both Dad and Grandfather are alumni).
But back to the adult world, Agent P….or Perry as he probably prefers, is now one of the most popular students in College Park. With the devastating injury to CJ Brown, Hills is now the number one QB on the depth chart. First of all, at least we have a definite #1. To think of going into the William and Mary game with a QB battle still ongoing, would make me sick to my stomach. So at least he has emerged as the favorite.
Since the success of the 2012 season, now rest on Hills shoulders, we might as well get to know him a little better before he takes the field next Saturday (just typing “Next Saturday” gives me goose bumps!). Hills comes to College Park from Pittsburg PA. He attended the same high school as Dan Marino. Generally considered a pocket passer, his High School coach insists that you will be pleasantly surprised by his ability to run the ball. In fact he rushed for 4 TD’s his senior year.
Though lightly recruited (he choose Maryland over Miami (OH)) at least among D1 Schools, he has great size at 6’2” and 205 pounds. He was also an All-State wrestler, which is quite an accomplishment in a wrestling happy state like Pennsylvania. Overall he was ranked the #30 recruit out of PA, and was considered a 3 Star recruit. He has started at QB since he was a sophomore.
And an important thing to remember is that Danny O’Brien came to College Park with not all that much fanfare, quickly impressed the coaches and then took over the starting job. And also Juan Dixon was another player who didn’t have any buzz upon arrival on campus. Both of those guys worked out, well for the most part… I think we all can agree that having DOB right now starting at QB would make us all feel a little better.
But the point is, I am highly encouraged that there is no QB controversy, that when Brown went down, Hills was the logical choice, no questions asked. That means he has obviously impressed the coaches. Of course now is the time to win over the fan base, and Hills will get his first chance to do that September 1st.
Hopefully that date will go down as an important day in the history of the Randy Edsall era, and the beginning of the Hills era, or as my daughter will be referring to him as “Agent P”.