Maryland runs the ball effectively and quarterback C.J. Brown trusts his eyes and his legs on the read option, but the pass is what has WVU talking. Their receiver combination of Stefon Diggs and Deon Long will be as good as any the Mountaineers see this season, which is a unique challenge for the thus far so-so cornerbacks.
How Travis Bell, Ishmael Banks and their combined 17 tackles, zero pass breakups and zero interceptions fair remains to be seen.
"It's hard to say," Patterson said. "We haven't really faced a true throwing quarterback, I would say.
It's not accurate to say the Mountaineers haven't seen anyone as good as Diggs and Long, though. With Diggs, the comparison seems as available as it does accurate. He is Tavon Austin.
"They're pretty similar," Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "They're both from Baltimore. They both wear No. 1. They're both receivers and returners. It doesn't get much more similar than that."
Diggs is a bigger player at 6-foot and 195 pounds, but he's dangerous on special teams and on offense, and he's averaging 129 receiving yards per game and 24.2 yards per catch.
"He's proved to have big play potential," Holgorsen said. "He's got tremendous start-stop ability and probably has more downfield potential than Tavon did. Tavon didn't have just a ton of downhill potential. All his stuff was to get the ball, make a ton of people miss and score."
Long is the same size as Diggs and the former Mountaineer is making a similar impact in his first season with the Terrapins. Long caught nine balls for 110 yards and a score in his first game and has seven catches for 73 yards since.
WVU is not unfamiliar with him, either. Patterson likened Long to Stedman Bailey and said Maryland uses its duo a lot like WVU used its duo. The Mountaineers also have experience with Long where it matters most. He and Banks were teammate at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy in 2009.
"He's about the same height as me, but he's a speedy guy and he runs crisp routes," Banks said. "He's just a natural receiver."
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