Around this time next year, the Maryland football minds likely will huddle and decide whether to begin promoting wide receiver/kick returner Stefon Diggs for the Heisman Trophy. Maybe they’ll stock their media guide with all things Diggs. Maybe he’ll fake-pitch more products and race more rabbits. Even while receiving passes from three quarterbacks and one linebacker, Diggs still managed to set the ACC’s freshman all-purpose yardage record last season. Save any drastic slip in production, he’ll likely find himself injected into the 2014 preseason national conversation, if not sooner.
For now, Diggs was the lone Maryland player selected to the preseason all-ACC team, voted upon by media members at the ACC football kickoff last weekend. He received 34 votes at specialist, 25 more than Miami’s Duke Johnson. Maryland’s rising sophomore averaged 172.4 all-purpose yards per game last season, second-most in Terrapins history, and returned kickoffs of 99 and 100 yards for touchdowns. He was named honorable mention all-ACC last season.
Diggs also narrowly missed out on the second all-ACC wide receiver spot, one vote behind Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins ran away with top honors, receiving 57 votes.
Last season, Diggs led Maryland with 54 catches, 848 yards and six touchdowns. His first career pass completion, against North Carolina in the season finale, went for an eight-yard touchdown.
No other Maryland player received votes.
The full list is below, courtesy of the ACC.
|WR||Sammy Watkins, CL (57)||6-1||205||Jr.||Fort Myers, Fla.|
|WR||Michael Campanaro, WF (20)||5-11||190||Sr.||Clarksville, Md.|
|TE||Eric Ebron, UNC (35)||6-4||245||Jr.||Greensboro, N.C.|
|T||James Hurst, UNC (37)||6-7||305||Sr.||Plainfield, Ind.|
|T||Morgan Moses, UVa (35)||6-6||325||Sr.||Richmond, Va.|
|G||Tre’ Jackson, FSU (46)||6-4||330||Jr.||Jesuup, Ga.|
|G||Brandon Linder, UM (28)||6-6||317||Sr.||Southwest Ranches, Fla.|
|C||Bryan Stork, FSU (29)||6-4||298||Sr.||Vero Beach, Fla.|
|QB||Tajh Boyd, CL (59)||6-1||225||Sr.||Hampton, Va.|
|RB||Duke Johnson, UM (58)||5-9||194||So.||Miami, Fla.|
|RB||James Wilder Jr., FSU (23)||6-2||229||Jr.||Tampa, Fla.|
|DE||Jeremiah, Attaochu, GT (39)||6-3||242||Sr.||Washington, D.C.|
|DE||Kareem Martin, UNC (37)||6-6||265||Sr.||Roanoke Rapids, N.C.|
|DT||Nikita Whitlock, WF (35)||5-11||250||Sr.||Wylie, Texas|
|DT||Timmy Jernigan, FSU (34)||6-2||294||Jr.||Lake City, Fla.|
|LB||Jack Tyler, VT (42)||6-1||236||Sr.||Oakton, Va.|
|LB||Christian Jones, FSU (38)||6-4||232||Sr.||Winter Park, Fla.|
|LB||Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC (21)||6-1||215||Sr.||Norwalk, Conn.|
|CB||Ross Cockrell, DU (48)||6-0||180||Sr.||Waxhaw, N.C.|
|CB||Lamarcus Joyner, FSU (32) *||5-8||190||Sr.||Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.|
|S||Tre Boston, UNC (30)||6-1||205||Sr.||Ft. Myers, Fla.|
|S||Jason Hendricks, PITT (18)||6-0||180||Sr.||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|PK||Chandler Catanzaro, CL (41)||6-2||195||Gr.||Greenville, S.C.|
|P||Will Monday, DU (41)||6-4||210||So.||Flowery Branch, Ga.|
|SP||Stefon Diggs, MD (34)||6-1||185||So.||Gaithersburg, Md.|
|* FSU’s Joyner also received 11 votes at the safety position|