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Terp of the Week: Stefon Diggs

Terp of the Week: Stefon Diggs

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Published by Anna LaBonte
Sept. 29, 2012
Sept. 29, 2012

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Terp of the Week: Stefon Diggs
 As Stefon Diggs stepped into Looney's in College Park this past February,
 
Maryland fans everywhere collectively held their breaths. Just after 7:30 p.m., theGaithersburg, Md., native eased all their worries: He was staying at home to playfootball for the Terps.One of the top ranked recruits in the nation, Diggs received numerous offers fromother schools, but ultimately decided to attend Maryland. Now, four games intohis collegiate career, the freshman wide receiver's talent has only improved,being named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance against No. 9 WestVirginia on Sept. 22."Actually my mom called me and let me know, so it was good news," Diggs said."It's nice knowing your hard work is paying off so much, so I'm going to continueworking hard and doing my job."In his first start against West Virginia, Diggs recorded two touchdowns and 201all-purpose yards. He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter,followed by a 56-yard catch in the fourth. Diggs now ranks 12th nationally andthird among freshmen in all-purpose yards per game."They had a big crowd; they had that 12th man," Diggs said of playing against aranked opponent. "It was a big game and they had a lot of talented guys out onthe field."Part of Diggs' success has depended on a fellow freshman: quarterback Perry
 
Hills.The pair are two of the team's most crucial members, in addition to theyoungest."We're both young guys, we both make mistakes," said Diggs. "We don't get oneach others' backs. If you make a mistake, just push through it. We know we'vegot each others' backs at all times."One of their most memorable plays this season ended in Diggs' first career touchdown. Playing against UConn, Hills attempted a pass to widereceiver  Marcus Leak in the fourth quarter. Leak ended up tipping the pass and Diggs, who broke off his initial pattern, sprinted into the targeted area andcorralled the deflection for a touchdown."I never thought my first touchdown would go as planned," Diggs said, laughing."I guess Marcus did a great job of tipping me the ball and Perry had a great ball.It's just one of those plays that you never think is going to happen, and I never thought my first college touchdown was going to be that way. But I was excitedand glad to get it."

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