Did you realize, though, the Mountaineers' top receiver so far this season is a true freshman? That would be Daikiel Shorts. Head coach Dana Holgorsen could certainly use some of his older, more experienced receivers to step up.
Other areas of concern for Holgorsen?
Maryland's defense is allowing but 96.7 rushing yards per game, which ranks 14th nationally.
Terrapin QB C.J. Brown is the ACC's leader in total offense, running and throwing for 363.3 yards per game. He also has sidekick and WVU nightmare Stefon Diggs at receiver.
Also, WVU ranks but 88th nationally against the run. (Although, true, it doesn't get much help from the offense in getting off the field for breathers.)
A couple of notes, though. First, Maryland's toughest opponent so far has been Connecticut. WVU came close against Oklahoma. Second, WVU's much maligned pass defense of a year ago is currently ranked eighth nationally. And, last, the Mountaineers have defeated the Terrapins seven straight times.
I recently commissioned Bill Pinella, a WVU graduate and former Fairmont newspaper writer, to put together a piece on ex-Mountaineer and current San Diego Padre baseball player Jedd Gyorko.
If you missed the story in the last Sunday Gazette-Mail, I urge you to check it out. Pinella did a wonderful job with it.
Anyway, in the midst of arranging to pay Pinella, I received a note back from him I must share. Because it's neat. Because I've never received such a request.
Pinella, now in Carlsbad, Calif., asked me "the name of some worthy and deserving sports group in the Charleston area." He wishes to donate the pay to such a group. (Suggestions?)
It's a good deed I didn't think should go unnoticed.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.