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Mountaineers Set to Meet Familiar Face in MD's Deon Long

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WVU WR coach Lonnie Galloway had a brief stint with Deon Long in Morgantown WVU WR coach Lonnie Galloway had a brief stint with Deon Long in Morgantown
MORGANTOWN -

There is no getting around the fact that Stefon Diggs is a special player. The Maryland sophomore receiver is the focus of much discussion within the walls of the Milan Puskar Center this week and for good reason, but he isn't the only weapon in the Terrapins' arsenal.

Along with Diggs, who shows 16 receptions for 387 yards and three touchdowns in his second season in College Park, the Terps line up Deon Long. If the name sounds familiar to a West Virginia football fan, it's because he once was a Mountaineer.

Briefly.

Long, now a redshirt junior after transferring to New Mexico before a stop at Iowa Western and finally Maryland, initially signed with WVU as part of the 2009 recruiting class before playing a season at Hargrave Military Academy alongside current Mountaineer starting cornerback Ishmael Banks.

He then signed again for the 2010 class and joined his teammates in January to get a head start on his career before his first season with the Mountaineers. He had been a Washington Post second-team all-met performer in 2008 at Dunbar High School and carried high expectations with his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame.

But he made the decision to leave Morgantown just over a month after officially signing and began the path that landed him with the opposing team this Saturday in his hometown of Baltimore.

"I was here when he was brought here and recruited here and the thing about him why we recruited him is he was a good football player," WVU receivers coach Lonnie Galloway said earlier this week. "A physical kid, talented kid that can run. I really didn't get to work with him because he left, but he's a good football player. He can run and catch and stretch the field."

Long showed plenty of those attributes in his debut with the Terps, racking up 110 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions. For the year, he shows 15 catches for 173 yards and that one score and is nearing the 1,000-yard mark in his career, including his one season at New Mexico.

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has two favorite targets and one of them could potentially have been Ford Childress' target if things had gone according to the original plan.

The first time Deon Long will plan on the same field as the Mountaineers, he will be wearing the other team's colors and doing all he can to beat the program that once put a strong effort into making him one of their own. 

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