Maryland’s Stefon Diggs named preseason all-ACC specialist


(Associated Press)

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.

Offense
Pos.      Name (Votes)      Ht      Wt      Class      Hometown
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.
Defense
Pos.      Name (Votes)      Ht      Wt      Class      Hometown
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.
Specialists
Pos.      Name (Votes)      Ht      Wt      Class      Hometown
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
Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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