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Enemy Intel, Pt. 1: Q&A with WVU beat writer Craig Meyer

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Enemy Intel, Pt. 1: Q&A with WVU beat writer Craig Meyer

As Maryland prepares for West Virginia, CSN collaborated with Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG), West Virginia beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for a Q&A to get a look Saturday's game from another perspective. The conversation will be in two parts, with Part Two published Friday morning.

CSN: With guys like Clint Trickett, Mario Alford, and Kevin White gone from the team that came to College Park and got a win last season, how is this team the same or different than what Maryland saw last year?

Meyer: There are a lot of similarities between the two, mostly because it's still a Dana Holgorsen-coached offense that's going to want to play at a certain pace and utilize a certain, pass-happy style. The obvious difference is that all of the faces in it, at least from a passing standpoint, are new. While there isn't a wide receiver with a prototypical NFL build like they had with White last season, the Mountaineers seem to have found a promising new tandem in sophomore Shelton Gibson and freshman Jovon Durante. Both players are ranked in the top 40 in FBS in receiving yards per game and though those numbers didn't come against the stiffest competition, that production has been a surprising development from a position that entered the season as a major question mark.

Schematically, the biggest offensive difference is at quarterback with Howard. As opposed to Trickett -- a traditional, drop-back passer -- Howard is more of a running threat, someone who excels when a play breaks down and he can ad lib. It's a Holgorsen offense, so most everything will still center around the passing game, but he clearly has a quarterback who is more mobile than any other starter he's had at West Virginia.

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CSN: As far as the perceived rivalry goes, is there anything that Dana Holgorsen or any players have said this week that indicates to you that this still means a lot to that program?

Meyer: They've stressed the importance of this game quite a bit. Part of that could be coach speak -- hyping up any team that you play so it doesn't appear like you're looking past them -- but Maryland is undoubtedly a natural rival for them. The game has taken on a greater importance the past three of four seasons as their series with Pitt has been dormant and though there's going to be a four-year hiatus until Maryland and WVU play again, Holgorsen and others have been vocal about wanting to continue playing the Terps. WVU only has three non-conference games per season, but leadership at the school seems committed to continuing as many regional rivalries as possible, including Maryland.

For the program as a whole, there's also an important recruiting aspect to the game. West Virginia's a state with very little top-flight high school talent, so they have to rely on neighboring states like Maryland to provide that. Six players on WVU's current roster are from Maryland. Two players in its 2016 class, including four-star recruit Steven Smothers, are from there and in the past, the state has given it standouts like Tavon Austin. Playing this game, even if it's just in a small way, gives WVU a presence in Maryland and if it can regularly beat the Terps, they see it as a way to sell themselves to recruits in the state.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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