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Maryland’s Stefon Diggs: ‘I think I’m a little ahead of where I should be’

( Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs spoke Saturday about the relentless pace of training camp. The early mornings and late nights — with sweltering practices and film study in between — are polishing the wide receivers, he said. But coming off a broken leg, the groundwork for Diggs to be effective in preseason sessions started earlier this summer, when he would work with quarterbacks on the field while getting his leg in shape for the season.

There were eventful moments along the way, including when Diggs told reporters in Chicago during July’s Big Ten media days that he believed he was a faster player post-injury.

“I think I’m a little ahead of where I should be because I tried to put in a lot work during the summer. I don’t think if I put in the work during the summer I would be where I’m at right now,” Diggs said on Saturday.

Diggs has become the face of the program, but he displayed measured humility when he met with the media following Saturday’s practice. He said the offense was still searching for chemistry as camp enters its second week, and he said he would play wherever the coaches put him in the offense or on special teams. He’s looked comfortable fielding punts all week alongside defensive back William Likely.

“I’m just going to do everything my coaches ask me,” he said.

The wide receivers as a unit are still rounding into form. One of the unit’s most experienced players, Nigel King, left the team two days before preseason camp was set to begin and transfered to Kansas this week. Senior Deon Long, who Randy Edsall called out earlier in camp, left the practice field with an apparent injury on Thursday and will be out through the weekend. Junior Levern Jacobs didn’t practice in team activities during the week and just returned on Saturday, and the depth is still developing underneath those players.

Diggs has made it through the first six days, and he said Saturday he trusts his leg to hold up through the grind. He made several nice runs after the catch in practice Saturday, but also watched a few balls thrown his way fall incomplete. It’s a work in progress.

“I think I got better every day. As a group we got better every day. It’s coming towards the middle, almost the middle of camp,” Diggs said. “It’s all about putting it together in the scrimmage tomorrow.”

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.



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Roman Stubbs · August 8, 2014