MORGANTOWN - Someone asked Dana Holgorsen this week if he thought his Tavon Austin and Maryland's Stefon Diggs might be clones.
Well, stand the two side by side and it would be obvious they are not.
Not with Austin standing 5-foot-9 and weighing 171 pounds and Diggs four inches taller and 14 pounds heavier.
What the two tend to do on the football field, however, is very similar, and both figure to play important roles at noon today when No. 8 West Virginia (2-0) hosts Maryland (2-1) at Mountaineer Field.
Austin is WVU's most electrifying playmaker whose quickness and athleticism often leave defenders grasping at air. He plays an inside receiver spot and returns both punts and kickoffs.
Diggs is Maryland's most electrifying playmaker whose quickness and athleticism often leave defenders grasping at air. He plays an inside receiver spot and returns both punts and kickoffs.
Other than the few inches and pounds, the only other discernible difference is that Austin is a senior and Diggs a true freshman. They even wear the same jersey number and are both from Maryland.
"He's a [Maryland] kid that wears No. 1 that's a receiver and return guy,'' Holgorsen said. "I guess they're clones. I don't know the kid, but he's a good player.''
In the first three games of his college career, Diggs hasn't disappointed. He had his best game so far last week in a loss to Connecticut, netting 223 all-purpose yards. He ranks 26th in the country, averaging 147 all-purpose yards, four spots below Austin. Austin was the nation's leader in that category last season.