Here are a few notes leading up to Saturday's Maryland-West Virginia game at M&T; Bank Stadium:
**You forget sometimes how young college football players are – that they are NFL fans (and occasionally slightly starstruck) just like everybody else.
Maryland fullback Kenny Goins said today that he lives about 10 minutes from M&T; Bank Stadium and is a big Ravens fan.
Asked about playing in that stadium against West Virginia on Saturday, Goins replied: “I’m stoked.”
** Maryland has issued a response to complaints by West Virginia’s band supporters that the band can’t perform on the field during Saturday’s game.
Maryland says the band can play in the visiting section, citing protocol for games in which the Terps are the designated home team. Maryland seems to want people to understand that it never allows visiting teams’ bands to perform on the field. Opposing teams may disagree with that rule; Maryland’s point seems to be that the rule is applied consistently, regardless of the opponent.
** With Nigel King injured, there may be an opportunity for freshman receiver Taivon Jacobs to get some playing time. He’s listed as a backup outside receiver behind Malcolm Culmer. His older brother, Levern, is the backup slot receiver behind Stefon Diggs.
Says Levern: “I don’t want to bug him about it – [how] he might possibly play – because if I do that, he might get nervous.”
By the way, Taivon -- who had once planned to attend Ohio State -- is the fastest of the Jacobs brothers, according to defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.