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Terps QB Kasim Hill Out For Season With Torn ACL

September 26, 2017
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland freshman quarterback Kasim Hill suffered a torn ACL during the Terps' 38-10 loss to UCF Sept. 23 and will miss the rest of the season, head coach DJ Durkin announced during his weekly news conference Sept. 26. 

Durkin said Hill will get surgery "sometime soon" as the team waits for the swelling in Hill's right knee to subside. 

Hill is the second quarterback the Terps have lost to a torn ACL. Sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome, who won the starting job out of fall camp, suffered the injury during Maryland's win at Texas Sept. 2.

"Really feel for Kasim. There are not many kids that have higher character than that guy," Durkin said. "He worked really hard, and I thought he performed really well for this team and obviously it was just a tough play. He was competing and got spun around and got hit.

"He'll bounce back. He's got a great future in football both here and beyond. I think that's pretty clear. That guy's a phenomenal talent and that doesn't even compare to the type of person he is. He's got a great attitude about it. He's looking this thing right in the face saying, 'Let's go get it.' He'll get surgery and rehab and be back with us when the time allows."

Hill was hurt during a third-and-long situation in the first quarter against UCF. Hill dropped back to pass and scrambled to his right when no one was open. He spun in the open field to avoid UCF linebacker Pat Jasinski but was met by a host of Knights. Hill was hit hard and fell awkwardly to the field. 

Hill remained down on the field until he was helped to the sideline by the Terps' medical staff. He didn't put any weight on his right leg. He was carted to the Gossett Football Team House shortly thereafter.

The Terps are now down to four quarterbacks, two of whom are walk-ons in Ryan Brand and Legend Brumbaugh.

Sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager is expected to start at Minnesota Sept. 30. Junior Caleb Henderson, who has struggled with a right/foot ankle problem since the spring, is practicing and will "certainly be ready to go," Durkin said.  Brand is practicing as the third-team quarterback, per Durkin.

Against UCF, Bortenschlager completed 15 of 26 passes for 132 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Maryland struggled to move the ball effectively with Bortenschlager under center. 

"There is no one that cares about our problems and most are glad we have them. That's the reality of it," Durkin said. "We're going to buckle up and go fight and do whatever we've got to do and pick each other up. It's part of life, it's part of what you learn. It's the greatest thing about football. 

"... In the meantime, right now when they're out, teammates have got to step up -- not just Max, it's got to be the O-line that's got to play better, the receivers, the running backs, the defense has got to play better. We've got to make plays on special teams. And our guys will do that."

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