The first priority of coach DJ Durkin and Bronco Mendenhall have been taken care of…for now.  Maryland and Virginia both name their starting quarterbacks.  How long their newly tabbed first stringers remain first stringers will go a long way towards how successful the first season will be in College Park and Charlottesville.

Maryland names Perry Hills the team’s starting quarterback ten days before the 2016 season begins.  Hills was competing with fellow fifth-year senior Caleb Rowe for the first string nod;  both saw extensive action last season.  Hills played in 8 games last year, completing 50% of his passes for 1001 yards and 8 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

The Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School product was thrust into the starting role as a true freshman when CJ Brown went down with a torn ACL.  Before suffering a torn ACL of his own against NC State, Hills led the Terrapins to a 4-2 record while completing 57% of his passes for 1336 yards and 8 touchdowns with 7 interceptions.

Maryland begins he 2016 season September 3rd when they host Howard.


Virginia taps transfer Kurt Benkert as its #1 QB .  The junior was named the starter last year at East Carolina before a knee injury ended his 2015 season before the opener.  Benkert saw action in three games in 2014, completing 8 of 10 passes for the Pirates.

The Cavaliers kick off their campaign September 3rd when they entertain Richmond.