Hill still a work in progress at quar­ter­back

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

COL­LEGE PARK n an af­ter­noon when the Mary­land foot­ball team did ex­actly what every­one thought it was go­ing to do to woe­ful Rut­gers, quar­ter­back Kasim Hill threw three flashy touch­down passes and re­minded us all how good he can be.

He also left us to won­der why, for every one of those bursts of bril­liance, there was an open re­ceiver leap­ing in vain to reach what should have been a rou­tine throw-and­catch.

No­body’s per­fect, of course, and Hill is a red­shirt fresh­man who missed al­most all of last sea­son. But this is the Big Ten and he’s go­ing to have to get more con­sis­tent hit­ting his tar­gets to put the im­proved Terps in po­si­tion for a de­cent bowl bid.

He was 8-for-17 for 76 yards Satur­day, when the low yardage to­tal didn’t much mat­ter. The Terps ran over the Scar­let Knights, rush­ing 40 times for 290 yards and 7.3 yards per carry. But they will have to be more bal­anced to have a chance of up­set­ting Iowa on the road next week or pick­ing off one of the other con­fer­ence pow­ers that re­main on their sched­ule.

Ob­vi­ously, Rut­gers isn’t one of them. The Terps were fa­vored by 23 points, but the level of the com­pe­ti­tion was not the prob­lem. Hill showed great poise in the red zone and made some ter­rific throws into cov­er­age, but also mis­fired badly on a hand­ful of very con­vert­ible plays.

The fact that he isn’t mak­ing more of those rou­tine throws with ease is a cu­ri­ous See SCHMUCK, page 9

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