Some bad news on the college football front for a former standout WPIAL quarterback.
C.J. Brown (pictured), who starred at Seneca Valley, was slated to be the starter for the University of Maryland this season. But Brown sustained a torn ACL in his knee Tuesday night and is done for the season.
Now get this: That means another former WPIAL quarterback - a true freshman - will likely be Maryland's starter.
It looks like former Central Catholic QB Perry Hills will be Maryland's QB when the Terrapins open the season against William & Mary. Hills was battling another true freshman [Caleb Rowe] for the No. 2 QB job and Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Tuesday that Hills had moved ahead of Rowe and was the No. 2 QB. This was before Brown's injury.
According to Maryland's athletic department, Brown was injured Tuesday night during non-contact drill.
“I feel terrible for C.J.,” Edsall said in a statement. “He’s worked incredibly hard to be the starting quarterback of this team. He’s stepped up and been a tremendous leader. We’ll do everything we can to make sure he gets the best treatment to help his recovery.”
Before Brown was injured, Edsall said of Hills, "Right now Perry is the number two guy. He's a little bit ahead of Caleb right now... there is still really good competition right now but Perry is a little ahead. [Perry's] overall command and presence on the field in terms of running everything and not making as many mental mistakes put him ahead."
Hills is one of two freshman on Maryland's roster from Central Catholic. The other is defensive back Anthony Nixon.
The thing that's funny about Hills and Maryland is that when Hills was a junior, he was recruited by Maryland for wrestling before football. Hills has good size and is a tough kid (wrestling champion). But I don't know if anyone could have predicted he would be a starter on the Division I level the first game of his freshman year.
The Washington Post has a story on the whole situation.
By the way, Brown's brother, Jordan, will be one of the top quarterbacks in the WPIAL this season at Seneca Valley.