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Terps must handle Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro

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Wake Forest can hardly be considered to possess a dynamic offense this season. The Demon Deacons – Maryland’s opponent Saturday – rank last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (20 points per game) and last in total offense (327 yards per game).

The Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-2 ACC) haven’t run the ball well and are a bit one-dimensional.

But what they do – throw the ball to Michael Campanaro – they do very well.

Campanaro (River Hill) didn’t play against the Terps (5-1, 1-1 ACC) last season after breaking his right hand. The Terps won, 19-14.

"Anytime this kind of stuff happens, especially when you're doing well, you're going to come back hungrier," Campanaro said at the time.

He’s been true to his word. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound player leads the ACC with 8.8 receptions per game and 116.4 receiving yards per game this season.

He has twice caught 16 passes in a game in his career and He needs 11 catches to pass Desmond Clark as Wake Forest’s all-time leader.

This is a game in which the Terps would surely love to have their injured cornerbacks – Dexter McDougle and Jeremiah Johnson – available. But Will Likely and Isaac Goins have been solid backups, and Maryland has still possessed the depth to use nickel packages against passing-oriented teams.

Campanaro, a senior, “is their go-to guy, and we know they are going to go to him,” Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said. “We have somebody at practice who is mimicking him and we have to make sure we know where he is, and understand what he is going to do out of different formationsl. He is one of their best players, as well as their quarterback Tanner Price.”

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