"They have tremendous big-play potential,'' Holgorsen said.
How balanced is Maryland? Well, through three games against rather suspect competition (Florida International, Old Dominion and UConn), the Terps are averaging 262 yards rushing and 292 passing. Much of that is because of Brown, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior who was one of four Maryland quarterbacks injured during a disastrous 2012 season.
"You can see, offensively, it's just a different unit with C.J. Brown healthy and playing,'' Holgorsen said. "He's had a good year so far. He brings a bunch of balance to their offense. We know he's athletic, but he's got athletic guys around him, as well.
"They're a different team than what they were last year. They're a different team than what they've been the last couple of years.''
All of which presents perhaps the biggest challenge yet to a West Virginia defense that is inarguably much better than it was a year ago, but still has not faced the kind of balanced attack it will see Saturday.
"We haven't faced a passing attack like this yet,'' Holgorsen said. "Do we feel better about where we're at defensively? Yes, absolutely. Do we feel like we've got it figured out? No. I said that last week.
"Maryland is going to bring some challenges that some other teams in the Big 12 are going to bring, as well. They have the ability to be able to do both. Oklahoma State and Baylor, our next two opponents, are going to have the ability to big-play us and they're going to have the ability to run the ball, whether it's with the quarterback or the running backs. So this will be a good test for us to see where we're at.''
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