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Former Maryland star Shawne Merriman hosting coat drive at Saturday's game

Former Maryland  football star Shawne Merriman will hold his 12th-annual "Lights On Foundation" coat drive before Saturday night's Terps game against Michigan State.

Merriman and others with his Lights On Foundation will collect new or gently used coats as well as other cold weather items that will be donated to individuals in need during the winter months.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.

Merriman starred at Maryland before playing eight seasons in the NFL. He has said that this event has special meaning to him, because he was forced to live in shelters growing up in Prince George's County and at one point did not have enough money for a winter coat.

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