Dorsey is back on the depth chart this week opposite McCree, who might be the team's fastest player.

"Quintin has made some big plays. We need him to continue doing that in the Virginia game," Edsall said. "We need him to be consistent. We are hoping that Kevin will be back. If he is back, that helps us. They give us the ability to do the things we want to do in the passing game."

Maryland and Virginia share recruiting territories. Each team has multiple players who were recruited by the other school.

"There's no secret that Maryland is an area where we recruit heavily — D.C., Northern Virginia, up and around there," Cavaliers coach Mike London said.

"For us, it's another chance for another ACC win. But naturally, you look at some of the recruiting implications, as well."

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Virginia (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) @ Maryland (2-6, 1-4 ACC)



Time: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium

TV: Chs. 13, 5

Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM

Series: Maryland leads 42-31-2.

Last meeting: Maryland defeated Virginia, 42-23, on Nov. 13, 2010, in Charlottesville, Va.

Maryland offense vs. Virginia defense: Maryland won't say which quarterback — Danny O'Brien or C.J. Brown — will start. Last week, both played. The Terps hope the expected return of WR Kevin Dorsey (apparent hamstring injury) will help the passing game. Virginia ranks third in the ACC in total defense. The Cavaliers are led by junior LB Steve Greer, who averages nine tackles, tied for fifth in the conference.

Virginia offense vs. Maryland defense: QB Michael Rocco had a 78-yard touchdown pass in last week's 28-21 win at Miami. "Hopefully, now that Michael has the opportunity to be the quarterback, we'll get more consistent play, better play, more confidence in his play," Virginia coach Mike London said. RB Perry Jones ranks fifth in the ACC in rushing yards (80.4 per game). The Terps have been prone to surrendering big games by opposing running backs.

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