Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was named to both the Maxwell Award Watch List and the Paul Hornung Award Watch List Monday morning, giving the junior wide receiver yet more preseason decoration.
Diggs is one of 74 players on the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is given to the nation’s top player. Semifinalists for that award will be announced on Nov. 3.
Diggs was also one of 47 players to be named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List Monday. The Paul Hornung Award is annually given to college football’s most versatile player, and will include one finalist from last season (UCLA’s Myles Jack) as well as 22 of the top 100 all-purpose players from last season.
A big-play threat on both offense and in the kick return game, Diggs is expected to be one of the country’s brightest stars in 2014. Although his sophomore season was cut five games short with a broken leg, Diggs still finished second in team receptions and yards and averaged 83.9 receiving yards per game. That followed a brilliant freshman campaign, when Diggs finished with 1,896 all-purpose yards. He averaged 77.1 receiving yards that season, and 28.5 kick return yards.
Diggs has already been named a preseason all-American and all-Big Ten selection by numerous outlets, including Sporting News and Athlon Sports.
The Paul Hornung Award Watch List is compiled by a group of college football experts who consider a player’s statistics, career performance and preseason expectations when forming the list. Diggs is one of 12 juniors and one of 10 Big Ten players on the list.