Edsall "is a standup guy," Poggi said. "The kids are not going to go there and go loony and act like they've lost their minds. That's not going to be tolerated."

Goins, Maryland's starting fullback, didn't know much about Gilman's history with Maryland. But he knew he was the only Gilman player on the Terps when he arrived.

"We're just starting like a pipeline thing, maybe to get more people from our school to come here," Goins said.

Cockerille, a promising quarterback likely to redshirt this season, has said he wanted to play for his home-state school for as long as he could remember.

"We could both represent our high school as well as represent our state," Goins said. "It's cool to be able to do that."




When: 3:30 P.M.

Site: M&T Bank Stadium


Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM

Series: West Virginia leads 26-21-2

Last meeting: West Virginia defeated Maryland, 31-21, on Sept. 22, 2012, in Morgantown, W. Va.


Maryland offense vs. West Virginia defense: West Virginia has won seven straight in the series. The last Maryland win was in 2003. Maryland's offense has surpassed 500 yards in each game this season. With Nigel King injured, Maryland will probably play redshirt freshman Malcolm Culmer extensively at wide receiver. West Virginia's defense is surrendering an average of just 13.7 points per game. "The big thing is that they create pressure with their front," Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. "They've got some zone pressures they like to bring." West Virginia's defense has been better against the pass than the run. They are allowing 4.6 yards per rush.

Maryland defense vs. West Virginia offense: Maryland leads the nation in sacks at 4.67 per game. Linebacker Marcus Whitfield has 5.5 sacks. Maryland's challenge will be slowing down West Virginia's spread offense without injured cornerbacks Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson. Transfer Isaac Goins and freshman Will Likely will start. Redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress – the successor to Geno Smith -- passed for 359 yards against Georgia State. He is the son of former NFL Pro Bowler Ray Childress.

--Jeff Barker