From here on out, Maryland won’t have Caleb Rowe to fall back on at the quarterback position.
Prior to today’s noon kickoff against Iowa, the Terrapins announced that the backup quarterback has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Rowe suffered the injury to the ligament in his left knee during practice this past Tuesday.
This is Rowe’s second ACL tear as, in 2012, he was one of four Terps quarterbacks to suffer season-ending injuries that year.
While Rowe was C.J. Brown‘s backup, he saw substantial playing time this season, especially the last two games. He replaced an injured Brown in the Sept. 27 over Indiana, then took over for an ineffective Brown the following weekend in the loss to Ohio State.
This season, Rowe’s completed 63 percent of his 54 passes for 489 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.
With Rowe out for the remainder of the year, the backup will be one of either Shane Cockerille or Perry Hills. The former is a redshirt freshman who has never thrown a pass at the collegiate level while the latter is a redshirt sophomore who led the Terps in passing in 2012 despite missing half the season with a torn ACL.