Maryland starting quarterback Kasim Hill will miss the rest of the season with a torn left cruciate ligament in the left knee, interim coach Matt Canada said Tuesday. Hill suffered the injury in Saturday game in Indiana.
After playing three games last year, Hill tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season.
"It's very disappointing," said Canada. "Obviously, there are no words to say to make things better. Great kid. Child who worked so hard and struggled to return. He is still going, but certainly a very, very difficult situation for him and his family. But he will be back. He will be stronger and he will have two really strong knees. "
In the middle of the second quarter of the recent Terrapins game, Hill took the plunge, and his left leg twisted as he was thrown to the ground. Hill seemed to suffer as the coaches followed him on the field, but he went over. He came out for the second half and Tyrrell Pigrome, his substitute, finished the match.
"Never thought I should attack this process again, but the Lord has more adversity to overcome," Hill wrote on Instagram. "Every Saturday of this season, I gave everything to each of my teammates, as we all honored our brother. It was one of the most special teams I'm part of. Love all the members of this team and I will always have their backs. I hope that I have made you proud this year.
Hill finished this season by completing 84 of his 170 pass attempts for 1,083 yards. He threw nine touchdowns and four interceptions.
In games against Rutgers and Illinois, Hill has scored three career goals, but he has been inconsistent throughout the season. Maryland relied on a heavy race load and Hill has amassed more than 100 yards in just four games.
Pigromé has played in all but one game this year, totaling about 140 shots in the first 10 games. Fifty-two of these games were played in the last game against Indiana when he had to replace Hill. Earlier in the year, however, Pigromé had entered games at different times, sometimes for entire readers or single games, rather than just when the score was out of balance.
Although Pigrome is a more mobile quarterback, the Maryland offense is pretty much the same when either quarter is in the game. Pigromé averages 6.3 yards per pass, while Hill averages 6.4 yards. The running game also gave pretty much the same with each quarterback. With Hill, the team averages nearly six yards per race, while for Pigrome, the offense averages 5.5 yards per stroke.
The passing game was much more explosive with Hill behind the center. Hill pitched 18 passes of at least 20 meters, while Pigromé only recorded two of that distance. The difference may be due in part to how Pigrome played at quarterback when Maryland has a significant lead and wants to waste time. Pigromé is associated with Dontay Demus during his two long throws that took place late in Maryland's attempt to return against Indiana.
Pigromé stepped in for Hill when the Terps were led 21-6 against Indiana. Pigromé and the offensive brought the team behind the Hoosiers five minutes from the end, but Indiana took over with a shot on goal. In the two-minute drive from Maryland for a chance to win, Pigromé lost a fumble near midfield to end the match.
Maryland will finish its regular season with Ohio State Saturday and Penn State next week. The Terps still have a win to win to qualify for the bowl.
Pigrome started at the opening game in 2017, but has a knee injury at the end of the season. After recovering both before the start of the season, Hill was named first.
Hill's last injury is the eighth of the last seven seasons as a Maryland quarterback gets injured at the end of the season. Six of these injuries were torn ACLs.
"I think it's a great achievement for Pig," said Canada. "You watch this game. Everyone wants to play. Everyone wants to start. He started before. It was not the best situation, but he never complained or pouted. As soon as it happened, he went into the game and played, finished the game and played very, very well. Proud of him for that and I know he will play well this week. "
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