As the Maryland Terrapins look to transition into the Big 10, they will have at least one hand up on most of the competition in 2014. Because of a combination of good recruiting and healthy bodies returning from injury, Maryland is going to run five-deep at wide receiver this season, and the talent level up and down the list is incredible.
Stefon Diggs will undoubtedly lead the party for the Terrapins out wide this season. His 2013 campaign was cut short due to injury against Wake Forest on Oct. 19, but that didn’t stop the media and coaches from recognizing his versatile skill set and selecting him as an honorable mention All-ACC member. Diggs was well on his way to being a 1,000-yard receiver for Maryland, and he will be causing a lot of trouble for Big 10 teams this season.
Deon Long is another receiver who fell victim to injury last season — in the same game as Diggs, too. He was about 100 yards behind Diggs at the time, but his season was on a very impressive path before getting cut short. If Long and Diggs are both working at full capacity this year, teams are going to have an extremely tough time accounting for both at the same time. Some major weaknesses could be exposed by way of these two.
Levern Jacobs returns as the Terrapins’ top receiver with 46 catches, 640 yards and three touchdowns. As is the case with every receiver on this roster, his catch rate could use some work, but it isn’t a huge concern right now. Jacobs did what Maryland needed of him last season by stepping up amidst the injuries to Long and Diggs. Realistically, Jacobs’ numbers will decline this season as others take their rightful place out wide, but he will still be a productive, reliable receiver.
With a load of returning talent, including guys like Diggs and Long who are going to be healthy, this receiving corps is to be a feared one in 2014. Obviously distribution has to factor in somewhere, but if utilized, Maryland has a major weapon in its hands this season.