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Stefon Diggs Cracks Top 5 Freshmen

October 30th, 2012 at 8:08 PM
By Sam Spiegs

CBS's Bruce Feldman ranked the top 10 impact freshmen in the college football landscape this season, and Maryland wide receiver and returner Stefon Diggs came in at No. 5.

Few things have gone right for the Terps' program since Randy Edsall was hired, but this former blue-chip recruit has been as great as advertised. Diggs is No. 9 in the nation in all-purpose yardage at 169 ypg and is averaging 16.3 yards per touch.

Obviously Diggs' potential is capped this year by the fact a backup linebacker will take the reins at quarterback, with Caleb Rowe the the most recent quarterback of the four to be ruled out for the year due to injury.

With a capable quarterback under center, though, Diggs showed he was an electric playmaker every time you could get the ball in his hands.

In the return game, he is an instant spark and a valuable asset in the battle for field position.

Through eight games, Diggs has 38 receptions for 666 yards and a 17.5 yard-per-catch average. In what can be described as a less-than-medicore offense, he has accounted for four touchdowns.

In the Terps' moss recent loss, he caught a season-best 11 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, and was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week for a third time.

In Feldman's rankings, Diggs finished behind Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who has lifted the Aggies to a 6-2 mark. By the way, he engineers the country's No. 3 offense.

Also in front of Diggs in Oregon's signal-caller, Marcus Mariota, who directs the Ducks' high-flying attack to No. 2 in the BCS standings.

 

 

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