A few more pregame notes

LANDOVER, Md. — Darius Fleming is tonight's game captain for the Irish, joining season captain Harrison Smith. Fleming, normally No. 45, is wearing No. 46 tonight in honor of teammate and fellow Chicago native Steve Filer, who is out for the year with an apparent ACL tear.

Maryland won the toss — flipped by Joe Theismann — and will receive the ball first.

Also worth noting is that senior end Ethan Johnson was lined up with the first-team defensive line in warmups. Johnson is expected to play tonight for the first time after spraining his right ankle on the first snap Oct. 1 at Purdue. He has dressed for the three previous games but did not see any action.