It’s no secret that the Maryland Terrapins had their share of offensive struggles in 2012. I mean, when you have to play one of your linebackers at quarterback at any point whatsoever during the season, it’s pretty obvious that you’re having some issues on that side of the ball.
If there was any bright spot on the Terps offense last season, it was the emergence of the all-everything sensation, WR Stefon Diggs. With teams learning the hard way last year just how dangerous Diggs can be, you can bet that they will plan accordingly this time around to make their best efforts of shutting the speedster down. To combat this, Maryland needed to find another effective receiving threat to take some of the focus off of Diggs.
Enter, JUCO transfer Deon Long.
Long, out of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is expected by a lot to be the man to take that heat off of Diggs. Last season, Long was a dangerous deep-threat for the Reivers of Iowa Western C.C. The sophomore finished the year with 1,626 receiving yards on an even 100 catches. Included in that stat-line is a 90-yarder that showcased his speed down the sidelines.
If Long can emerge as a legitimate deep-threat down the field, that could open up more opportunities underneath for Diggs to take the pigskin and make his magic happen. This could be the perfect yin-yang situation for head coach Randy Edsall and his offense.
Now, unfortunately these days, you always have to try not to be blinded by flashy statistics and also research someone’s character. Well, not long after Long enrolled early in College Park, there was a bit of a speed bump in regards to that category.
Back in March, Long was suspended for two weeks for what Edsall described as, “violating university policy.” Long served the suspension and re-joined the team shortly before spring practice ended last month.
Now assuming that this was just one little hiccup in the young man’s Maryland career and he can become everything he was expected to be when he was one of the top-rated JUCO prospects in the country last year, we may not be laughing at the Terps play on the field as we have the past two seasons.
No, we’ll be relegated to just laughing at the uniforms made out of the state flag of Maryland. That will never change.