"Yea, they have different last names too," Amato said. "Maldonado, I recruited him my last year down there. He's a tough, hard-nosed kid with a lot of power. He's kind of like T.A. [McLendon]."
"Allen hurt us here last year a couple of times with big plays," he added. "They are both very good players."
With the Terrapins struggling at the quarterback position, head coach Ralph Friedgen may choose to attack the Wolfpack on the ground. Both Maldonado and Allen can give NC State fits when they touch the ball, so look for the Wolfpack to try and stop the running game early.
"We had an opportunity for two [turnovers] a week ago," Amato said. "Had we got those, we'd have only been negative one. Great players make great plays. If we make that it's a push on turnovers and all of that's a moot point."
"When you play a lot of man coverage it's tough sometimes to get [interceptions], but I'll trade ten sacks for no interceptions," he added. "It's hidden yardage... it's hidden yardage."
"We're trying to leave about the same time because the trips are all about forty minutes or sixty minutes away," Amato said. "We want to try and be at our hotel before 5:00, but we're at the mercy of the airlines."
"With security, especially where we're going, it becomes a problem," he added. "Especially when we're coming back, but that's the way we do it."
Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm Saturday afternoon and the game is televised on ABC.
"You'll find out on Friday."