BALTIMORE — Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium, where the rain clouds hang low, the end zones are painted with Maryland logos and everything smells like beer and beef. Kickoff between the Terrapins (3-0) and West Virginia (2-1) circa 3:30 p.m. Some pregame notes to get you ready:
>> Maryland brought several extra defensive backs to its team hotel in Baltimore for precautionary measures, but if all goes to plan won’t play more than four cornerbacks. Isaac Goins and Will Likely start after Dexter McDougle’s season-ending shoulder injury, with Jarrett Ross and Alvin Hill backing them up.
But don’t be surprised if safety A.J. Hendy slides into a nickel role against West Virginia’s three- or four-wide receiver sets. The Terps could still blitz Marcus Whitfield and Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil off the edge, rush two down linemen and stick Cole Farrand and Matt Robinson into coverage. Remember, Robinson converted from safety this offseason.
>> Freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, a former Ohio State commit who opted to stay closer to his Suitland home, could make his first college appearance this afternoon. Even with Nigel King’s leg injury, however, Maryland still has enough wide receiver depth ahead of Jacobs to justify keeping him out.
Amba Etta-Tawo can back up both Deon Long at the X and Malcolm Culmer at the Z, if Coach Randy Edsall chooses to avoid playing the speedster who underwent offseason ACL surgery and preserve Jacobs’s redshirt.
>> An interesting, under-reported storyline this week: Maryland wide receiver Deon Long, whose career has made pit stops at New Mexico and Iowa Western Community College, actually began with a commitment to West Virginia. He never played for the Mountaineers and eventually left to play for current Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley with the Lobos.
Long wasn’t available for media interviews this week.
>> Public service announcement to those on mobile phones: If you see this…
…it does not mean quarterback C.J. Brown is lost for the season. Breathe. For whatever reason, this still hasn’t been fixed. It should be running back Wes Brown, who actually is suspended for the season.
>> Scout team players of the week went to tight end Derrick Hayward (offense), defensive lineman Chandler Burkett (defense) and linebacker Jalen Brooks (special teams).
>> Torrey Smith and Larry Webster will serve as captains. Smith is currently a Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and Webster played defensive tackle for them for six seasons.
The game captains for today’s game are: Dave Stinebaugh (offense), Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (defense) & William Likely (spec. teams)
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