The Maryland Terrapins may have found another answer at wide receiver. By signing Deon Long, wideout from Iowa Western Community College, the Terps have a potential nightmare match up scenario for opposing defenses.
Deon Long spent last season in Junior College before making the step back up to the division I Terrapins. His stat line for the season was impressive. Long broke the previous NCAA Junior College single season record of 22 touchdowns with 25 of his own. He caught 100 receptions for 1626 yards. He will fit in nicely this season if he manages just half of that.
Long spent the season before Iowa Western as a red shirt freshman with the New Mexico Lobos. He had a clear plan to get to College Park but after signing with the West Virginia Mountaineers and asking out of his commitment, part of the agreement was that he could not play for the Terps in 2011 or 2012. Long made all of the necessary moves to get back to the school he wanted to play for.
Long is a Terp now. And lining up across from number one receiver Stefon Diggs is going to create trouble for opponents in 2013 provided there’s a capable quarterback throwing the ball their way. The team has addressed that issue by signing quarterback Shane Cockerille out of Gilman High School.
Cockerille may take some time to develop but the Terps aren’t expected to be an offensive juggernaut any time soon. The team is moving to the Big 10 following next season.
The three players can all help each other transition the Terps into a team with an offensive identity before the big move across conferences. Last season the Terrapins ranked dead last out of 120 college teams on the offensive side of the ball. There’s only one way to go from there and that’s up. Look for Long and company next season to do just that.