MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Former West Virginia University football player Deon Long caught nine passes for 110 yards and a touchdown for Maryland in the opener and has 15 receptions for 173 yards this season.
Long signed with the Mountaineers in 2009 and ended up at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy. He enrolled at WVU in January 2010, but said he was "feeling out of place socially" three months later and was granted his request to transfer.
WVU prohibited Long from transferring to many schools. The Mountaineers were in the Big East, so those schools were blocked. Long's coach at Hargrave was hired as an assistant at Texas Tech, so the Red Raiders were nixed as well. WVU also made Maryland off limits.
Maryland's sports information office isn't granting interview requests for Long or any player to out-of-town media this week.
Long transferred to New Mexico and sat out the 2010 season. He played in 2011 for Mike Locksley, who was the head coach and is now the Maryland offensive coordinator. Long tied for the Lobos lead with 47 receptions and led the team with 809 yards and four touchdowns.
He then transferred to Iowa Western Community College, where his quarterback was Kansas State's Jake Waters.
Long led all junior college players with 100 receptions, 1,625 yards and 25 touchdowns. No one had ever caught 100 passes in the history of the National Junior College Association of America. Iowa Western won the NJCAA national title and Long was a first-team all-American.
The Mountaineers, who struggled so mightily against the pass in 2012, are No. 8 nationally in pass defense this week. They're allowing 136.7 yards per game and gave up just 84 to Georgia State Saturday.
"Maryland brings a different test to us because they've got two wide outs that are just as good as anybody in the country," WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen said.
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WVU PLAYS MARYLAND at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU and goes to Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium looking to extend a seven-game win streak in the series.
The Terrapins are 3-0 for the first time since 2001 and had at least 500 yards of offense in each of their three games: against woeful Florida International, newly christened FBS program Old Dominion and UConn.
Maryland was the worst offensive team out of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in 2010 at 284.75 yards per game. The season-high yardage last season was 464 yards.
Quarterback C.J. Brown has passed for 200 or more yards and rushed for 100 or more yards in two victories. Receiver Stefon Diggs has back-to-back 100-yard receiving games after finishing with 98 yards against FIU. He has 16 receptions for 387 yards and three touchdowns.
WVU is 2-1 heading into its final non-conference regular season game this season.