The injury bug hit College Park, Maryland in 2012 as the University of Maryland Terrapins struggled to stay healthy. The Terps got off to a promising 4-2 start before dropping six straight. Maryland finished 10th overall in the ACC with a 2-6 record. With early ACL injuries to three quarterbacks, the Terps started four different quarterbacks throughout the season; freshman linebacker Shawn Petty even got a chance to take some snaps.
Despite the disappointing season and inconsistency at quarterback, the Terps had a bright spot in true freshman Stefon Diggs. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide out from Gaithersburg, MD, exploded onto the college football scene with his big play ability, explosive speed and return skills.
The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School standout managed to end the 2012 season with 54 receptions, 848 receiving yards and six touchdowns with four different quarterbacks. Diggs also racked up 713 kickoff return yards on 26 returns and two touchdowns. One of the touchdowns coming against the University of Virginia for 100-yards. Diggs worked his way onto the All-ACC Football Second Team, as well.
In 2013, look for Diggs to continue to show flashes of stardom. With sixth-year quarterback C.J. Brown returning and projected to start, the true sophomore can improve purely off of stability at the quarterback position. The Terps head coach, Randy Edsall, wants to maximize Diggs’ ability as a dynamic receiver, which could mean less returns and more touches on offense for the sophomore.
With great expectations to become a leader for the Terps, Diggs’ competitive demeanor and work ethic certainly puts him in the position to succeed. The sophomore has been working this offseason with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley to fine-tune the details of his game.
Diggs has been added to the 2013 Award Watch List for the Bilentnikoff, Maxwell and Paul Hornung award.
Expect the 2013 All-ACC preseason and All-ACC return specialist selection to put up big numbers this year for the Terps. If all goes well, it is possible that he could rack up around 65 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.