By: Max Marcilla
Maryland freshman quarterback Kasim Hill suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, head coach DJ Durkin said during Tuesday’s press conference.
Hill’s injury occured in the first quarter of Maryland’s 38-10 loss to UCF on Saturday. The true freshman scrambled on a designed pass play and attempted to spin around a defender, but was hit hard and exited the game.
It’s the second season-ending injury a Maryland quarterback has suffered in the first month of the season, after Week 1 starter Tyrrell Pigrome tore his ACL against Texas.
Durkin also revealed that Max Bortenschlager would start Maryland’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota this week.
Bortenschlager, who replaced Hill on Saturday, struggled to lead the offense, which generated just 10 points in the defeat. The Indianapolis native completed 15-of-26 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions — although the second pick was due to a D.J. Moore drop. Maryland punted a season-high six times and was just 2-for-13 on third downs.
The loss to UCF was the Terrapins first regular season nonconference loss since the Randy Edsall-led team lost to West Virginia in 2015.
Maryland’s next test isn’t easy, as the Golden Gophers received three votes in the AP Top 25, the 11th-most for any unranked team. Minnesota will host Maryland for the first time in program history after it defeated the Terps in College Park last season.