The Washington Times - November 14, 2012, 10:50AM

Former Maryland star Shawne Merriman will host his annual coat drive Saturday when Maryland meets Florida State at Byrd Stadium.

The coat drive, an event Merriman has run for a decade, will benefit people in New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy. Maryland will collect used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing at gates throughout Byrd.

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Merriman played at Maryland from 2002 to 2004 and was a first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He currently plays for the Buffalo Bills, who play Thursday night.

Patrick Stevens