Banged-Up Terps To Face Eagles

The Terps face many questions on offense after losing two quarterbacks in the past week.

The Maryland Terrapins talked all week about moving on from the heart-breaking last second loss to the N.C. State when kicker Brad Craddock's potentially game-winning 33-yard field goal clanged off the left upright. But moving on could be far more difficult now with the Terps suffering many key injuries on offense going into their matchup against the Boston College Eagles.

Starting freshman quarterback Perry Hills saw his season end when a block in the back after he threw an interception in the second quarter of the game tore his ACL. Sophomore quarter Devin Burns has also been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a foot injury. Burns completed three out of four passes for 47 yards, rushed for 50 yards and ran the zone-read offense that saw freshman running back Wes Brown carry the ball 25 times for 121 yards.

Sophomore wide receiver Marcus Leak is also out for the rest of the season with a toe injury. Leak was second amongst receivers in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns behind Stefon Diggs. Leak had 23 receptions for 393 yards and two touchdowns.

Maryland's running attack will have to step up to fill in the void on offense. The Terps rank second to last in the ACC in rushing offense. Only the Boston College Eagles have a worse rushing attack, rushing for 667 yards so far this season, 95.3 yards per game.

The Eagles will be led by quarterback Chase Rettig who has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 1,917 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rettig's leading receiver is Alex Amidon who has 806 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

“Chase Rettig is what makes them go,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “He can move around in the pocket and he likes to move to throw the ball. BC has a big offensive line and they do a good job of pass protecting and they have good receivers to throw the ball to. They put up those numbers from an offensive standpoint because of those things.”

“I think he just has vision,” senior defensive lineman A.J. Francis said of Rettig. “He can see a lot of things. He is a lot like [Mike] Glennon in that he can see a lot of things that a lot of quarterbacks don't see. He can make a lot of plays that way.”

With Hills and Burns both out, true freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe will take the reins on offense. Rowe burned his redshirt by coming into the game with 32 seconds left and led the offense within field goal range. Rowe may not be as much of a runner as Burns or C.J. Brown, but the coaching staff still trust in his ability to pass and run in the Terps' offense.

“I think Caleb is a more than adequate runner,” Edsall said. “He is by no means as fast as Devin. But he has good running ability and we have seen him execute our offense during the preseason and we know he can do all of the things we would ask him to within our offense.”

Maryland's defense will also have to continue to make stops on offense. The Terps' defense is ranked 11th in the nation and sixth in rushing defense, allowing 288.4 total yards per game and giving up only 87.6 yards per game on the ground.

Maryland will face the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Saturday. Kickoff will be at 1:00 p.m.

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