Every year, there is always a surprise when it comes to recruiting in college football. The top high school players in the country decide where they will play at the next level.
Stefon Diggs may have provided one of the biggest surprises of the last decade. The Olney, Maryland native was the #2 ranked wide receiver in the country and had offers from schools like Ohio State, Florida, Auburn, Oregon, and well you get the point. The 6-0, 185 lb speedster was one of the most sought after players of his class.
As we now know, Diggs chose to attend the University of Maryland. Yes, he was a local product, but it still was a huge shock to the college football community. Maryland is not considered a power in college football by any means. In two of the three seasons prior to Diggs’s arrival, the Terrapins finished last in the ACC. Needless to say, Diggs was a huge upgrade to an underachieving Maryland team.
Let’s fast forward to 2012. The expectations were high for the freshman for the Terrapins. He was expected to be the savior to a team that needed a savior. The season started on a bad note when quarterback after quarterback fell to injury.
The Terrapins started the season with their third string quarterback, Perry Hills. This was not good for Diggs and his growth as a player.
He was used as a do-everything guy, for the Terrapins. He returned kicks, took hand offs, and of course, caught passes. It took a few games for the offense to really get into some sort of rhythm. Diggs found the end zone for the first time in his third game of the season against UConn.
Diggs really burst onto the scene in the next game against West Virginia. He caught three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. From that point on, Diggs became the focal point of the team finishing with 54 receptions for 848 yards and six touchdowns. He added 114 yards rushing as well. He returned one kickoff for a touchdown and even threw a touchdown pass.
Diggs was the centerpiece to a lacking offense in 2012. In 2013, Diggs will be expected to produce even more as a sophomore. If all things go as planned, Maryland should open the season with their starting quarterback under center, C.J. Brown.
With some consistency at the quarterback position, Diggs could end up being one of the best wide receivers, statistically, in the country. We could be looking at 90 catch season, and over 1,200 yards to go along with it. That is just his receiving stats, who knows about what he will do in other areas. Overall, in 2013, Diggs will be a fantasy stud. I look forward to him filling up the stat sheets come September.