West Virginia Coach Stewart: 'Maryland is still Maryland'
I wanted to pass along some initial thoughts from West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart on the upcoming matchup in Morgantown:
“Maryland is Maryland. They are tough, they’ve got speed, and they’re ACC. They had a bad year last year. These guys have won, and they had our number there for awhile. When Scotty [McBrien] was over there they beat us three times in a two-year span, I mean this is going to be a heck of a football game and each and every year since 1980 it’s been like that for the last 30 years. So this is going to be big. You talk about their quarterbacks, how about those two running backs?
“They’re hitting on all cylinders, and they came out against Navy and it was bang, bang, bang, touchdown, touchdown, before Navy could blink. They got some breaks in the red zone, and then they came back and stopped Navy when they had to. They have my total attention. I’m worried, I don’t think our players should have any trouble in my mind getting up for these guys. Having not played them the last two years could maybe hurt us, maybe that will hurt them, I don’t know. Maybe it will help us. They are a good football team, and they’re out to have a good year, and it looks like they’re on track to do that.
Stewart went on to talk about the quality of a game he expects Saturday.
“Tommy Bratton and I have worked together. I’ve coached against Ralph (Friedgen) for many, many years and many on his staff I’ve coached against. I know they have an excellent coaching staff, they don’t have a good coaching staff, they have an excellent coaching staff.
“Maryland is still Maryland, they’ve had a rough couple of years, now they have not only won, but they have an excellent quarterback and I know that with (Da’Rel) Scott running that ball or (Davin) Meggett running that ball they’re going to be very, very difficult. Defensively, I’ve known those guys for years, they’re going to sic’ ‘em, they’re going to blitz us, they’re going to just create havoc, and I just hope and pray we can create some big plays and get them off balance. I swear to God, this is going to be a whale of a football game.”
September 14, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
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