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Hills looking to put nice end to injury-riddled career

By: Mitch Lord

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills' career has been plagued with injuries but he's been the reason Maryland has a chance to be bowl eligible with a win over Rutgers. And he'll be back from his latest injury to lead them.

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills’ career has been plagued with injuries but he’s been the reason Maryland has a chance to be bowl eligible with a win over Rutgers. And he’ll be back from his latest injury to lead them.

Injuries have plagued the career of Maryland quarterback Perry Hills, which has been an even more disappointing fact this year since he’s really been such a tough leader for the Terps football team this year.

Hills hurt his shoulder against Minnesota, but returned the next week and lead the Terps to their fifth victory of the season against Michigan State. But two weeks later he disappointingly re-injured his shoulder against Michigan early in the game. Then he missed games against Ohio State and Nebraska.

But there is good news.

Maryland has one game left to clinch bowl eligibility. That is a game on Senior Day against Rutgers, and Hills will be playing.

“I look for Perry to continue to improve this week, get him back healthy and hopefully go out there to help our seniors class and go get a win,” first year head coach DJ Durkin said.

It’s quite clear that Hills is a big reason why the Terps are on the cusp of being bowl-eligible. When Hills has completed a game this year the Terps are 6-1. In the other games, Maryland is 0-5. And while maybe he’s not the most prolific passer, he’s been very effective for Maryland. He’s passed for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns with only three interceptions, in essentially seven and a half games. His efficiency has kept defenses honest while the Terps rely on their running game.

“It’s hard to put into words what Perry has meant to me, our staff, this program, and this University,” Durkin said. “You wish he was healthier throughout the whole year. In many ways our team and our season would have reflected that too.”

It has already though. Hills came into this season with low expectations, just like Maryland. And just like Maryland, he’s exceeded them and put together a pretty good year. Its had it’s ups, and it’s had it’s downs. When Hills got hurt again there was a sense of irritation, not with him, but for him.

“It’s been frustrating,” Hills said about having to come back from an injury twice this year. “Last year I took a lot more hits and didn’t really get injured.

“I went into the locker room and said, ‘Man, God must not want me to play. I’m already going through one bad shoulder injury and he’s going to go out there and try to give me another. It was definitely heart-wrenching. It’s like, anything that can go wrong had gone wrong.”

But Hills will have a change to give his troubled story a great end. On Saturday, he’ll lead his team and the seniors out of the tunnel of Capital One Field for a final time, with a chance to extend his career one more game with a victory.

“You just have to go out and enjoy every second that you can get,” Hills said. “Even though it can be really hard at times, I’m going to miss it.”

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