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Terps take day off Sunday to root on Orioles

Posted on 19 August 2013 by WNST Staff

A normal routine of Sunday afternoon meetings was the plan for the Maryland football team. But head coach Randy Edsall and the coaching staff decided the squad needed a break for the predictability of preseason camp and surprised the Terps with a trip north up I-95 to Camden Yards at Oriole Park to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the Baltimore Orioles.

The change of plans was announced in a Sunday morning team meeting and served as a welcome change of pace for the Terps  as they begin their final week of preseason camp on Monday in preparation for the season opener against Florida International on Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Prior to the start of the game, Stefon Diggs took to the mound to throw out the first pitch.

The Terps will be back on the practice field tomorrow for a two-a-day and are scheduled to break camp on Thursday.

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Stefon Diggs named to preseason All-ACC team

Posted on 24 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Sophomore wide receiver is named to the squad as a specialist

GREENSBORO, N.C.   Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been selected to the 2013 Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference Football Team as a specialist, the league announced Wednesday.

An honorable mention All-ACC selection as a specialist following the 2012 season, Diggs received 34 votes for the specialist position. He also received 19 votes for wide receiver, which left him one vote shy of earning a spot at that position.

Diggs ranked second in the ACC in kick return average (28.5) and fifth in punt return average (10.0), while totaling the second-most all-purpose yards in a single season in school history (1,896) last season. The sophomore has also been named to the watch list for three national awards: the Biletnikoff, Hornung and Maxwell Awards.

Voting for the 25-man team was conducted by media in attendance at the ACC Football Kickoff, which was held July 21-22 in Greensboro, N.C. A total of 65 ballots were cast.

Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, who was tabbed the Preseason ACC Player of the Year by the media at ACC Kickoff, received the most votes with 59. Florida State led all schools with six players, with four from North Carolina and three from Clemson.

Duke, Miami and Wake Forest followed with two selections apiece, while Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech each placed one player on the team.

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Maryland WR Diggs named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Posted on 17 July 2013 by WNST Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.   University of Maryland sophomore Stefon Diggs has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced on Tuesday.

The Biletnikoff Award recognizes the nation’s most outstanding collegiate wide receiver and is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee.

The 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner will be announced live on Dec. 12 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast on ESPN. Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 18 with three finalists being named on Nov. 25.

Diggs is one of only 16 sophomores on the 75-player watch list and is one of 10 ACC players. In 2012, Diggs led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally in all-purpose yards with 172.4 per game and ranked fifth in the league with 77.1 receiving yards per game en route to earning second team All-ACC honors.

For a complete list of nominees, visit ncfaa.org.


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Maryland WR Diggs named to Maxwell Award Watch List

Posted on 09 July 2013 by WNST Staff

FT. WORTH, Texas  University of Maryland sophomore Stefon Diggs has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list as announced by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) on Tuesday. The Maxwell Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate football player.

Diggs is one of 76 players to be selected and is one of 10 sophomores on the watch list. Semifinalists will be announced on Oct. 26 with the finalists to be announced on Nov. 25. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards.

In 2012, Diggs led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally in all-purpose yards with 172.4 per game and ranked fifth in the league with 77.1 receiving yards per game en route to earning second team All-ACC honors.

For a complete list of nominees, visit ncfaa.org.

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Maryland WR Diggs named to Hornung Award Watch List

Posted on 05 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Louisville, Ky. — Friday, July 5, 2013 — The Louisville Sports Commission today named 44 multi-talented college football players to the 2013 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse.

The Paul Hornung Award, now in its fourth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.

The 2013 Watch List was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on a combination of 2012 statistics, career performance and expectations heading into the 2013 season. Profiles of each player and information about the Award can be found at www.paulhornungaward.com.

Three Paul Hornung Award finalists from last season are back on the list in 2013 – Antonio Andrews from Western Kentucky, Dri Archer from Kent State and Marqise Lee from the University of Southern California.

The Watch List is comprised of 19 seniors, 21 juniors and four sophomores, representing 41 universities and 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The SEC is the leading conference with nine players followed by the ACC with six players. There are five players from both the Big Ten and Big 12.

In 2012, players on this year’s Paul Hornung Award Watch List accounted for 17,035 rushing yards, 17,112 receiving yards, 17,148 kickoff return yards, 4,874 punt return yards and 350 total tackles. Reminiscent of Hornung during his playing days, members of the Watch List demonstrated a knack for scoring, posting 408 total touchdowns in five different scoring capacities a year ago.

“The Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the upcoming season is an impressive group of players who excel at multiple positions to help their teams win, which is how I played the game,” Hornung said. “It will be interesting to see which players excel during the season and emerge as the top choices of our selection committee.”

“We have had the opportunity to welcome great young men to Louisville as winners of the Paul Hornung Award in years past, and I believe we are in line to welcome another great player to our community in 2014,” Hornung continued. “I look forward to honoring the winner here in Louisville at one of the best banquets the country has to offer for college football players and their families.”

2013 Watch List Selections

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Antonio Andrews, WKU
Dri Archer, Kent State
D.J. Banks, Louisiana Tech
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Corey Brown, Ohio State
Isaiah Burse, Fresno State
Trey Burton, Florida
Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
Brandon Carter, TCU
Chris Coyer, Temple
Quandre Diggs, Texas
Stefon Diggs, Maryland
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Tyler Ervin, San Jose State
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
JD Falslev, BYU
D.J. Foster, Arizona State
Jerry “BooBoo” Gates, Bowling Green
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech
Scott Harding, Hawaii
Akeem Hunt, Purdue
Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech
Duke Johnson, Miami (FLA)
Christion Jones, Alabama
Marqise Lee, Southern California
Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
Marcus Murphy, Missouri
LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
Bernard Reedy, Toledo
Jamill Smith, Ball State
Damien Thigpen, UCLA
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Trey Watts, Tulsa

The Louisville Sports Commission successfully launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son and to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players that often go unnoticed. Owen Marecic of Stanford, a two-way starter and All Pac-10 performer at fullback and linebacker, won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award; Brandon Boykin of Georgia won the award in 2011 after excelling on defense, offense and special teams; Tavon Austin of West Virginia won the award in 2012 being one of two players in the nation with more than 500 yards in three different categories (rushing, receiving and kick returns).

Texas Roadhouse signed on as presenting sponsor of the Paul Hornung Award in 2011 and will team with the Louisville Sports Commission to power fan voting again this season. College football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Fan voting will open in late September and factor into selection of the finalists and winner.

The winner will be honored at the official Paul Hornung Award Banquet sponsored by KentuckyOne Health, held at the Galt House in downtown Louisville in late January 2014.

Players from all FBS teams are eligible and appearing on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the Award. The Selection Committee is comprised of 16 national sports journalists and former college and NFL players who vote for finalists then a winner. Their votes are tabulated by public accounting firm Dean Dorton Allen Ford.

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Maryland WR Leak withdraws from school, plans to return

Posted on 30 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Terrapins WR Marcus Leak released a statement Thursday saying he would be leaving the school for personal reasons but intends to return after the 2013 football season.

“I would like to thank Coach (Randy) Edsall, my teammates and the rest of the Maryland football program for their continued support as I work through these personal matters. It is my intention to return to College Park in January. I look forward to rejoining my teammates and continuing my education at the University of Maryland.”

The reasons for Leak’s withdrawal are not currently known. Leak played in just seven games in 2012 before missing the rest of the season with a toe injury. In his seven games, Leak hauled in 23 catches for 393 yards and two TD’s.

Dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate Stefon Diggs (sophomore) is expected to be the Terps’ top receiver in 2013. Iowa Western transfer Deon Long (junior), a former New Mexico player, will be expected to shoulder more of a load as well in Leak’s absence. Sophomores Nigel King and Tyrek Cheeseboro (Milford Mill) will also be expected to more up on the receiver depth chart.

If Leak does return to College Park after the season, he would have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Bovada lists Stefon Diggs amongst top 25 Heisman Trophy candidates

Posted on 28 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


“Prior to the news of Golson not being with the Irish this upcoming season, we had them at 28-1 to win the BCS Championship and since have drifted to 40-1.  If Notre Dame played a more up-tempo offensive style of game these odds may have been impacted a little more, but until we have new information regarding their offense we will not go higher than 40-1 on a team that still has a lot of talent.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv


Odds to win the 2013-2014 BCS National Championship         

Alabama                               3/1

Ohio State                    13/2

Texas A&M                   13/2

Oregon                                 7/1

Georgia                                14/1

Stanford                       16/1

LSU                              18/1

Florida                                  20/1

Field                             20/1

Louisville                              22/1

Clemson                       25/1

Miami                                    28/1

Michigan                              28/1

South Carolina                   28/1

Florida State                 33/1

Oklahoma State            33/1

Texas                                    33/1

Notre Dame                  40/1

Nebraska                             50/1

Oklahoma                            50/1

UCLA                            50/1

USC                             50/1

TCU                              66/1

Wisconsin                            66/1

Boise State                   100/1

Michigan State              100/1

Oregon State                100/1

Mississippi                          125/1

Auburn                          150/1

North Carolina                    150/1

Virginia Tech                 150/1

Washington                         150/1

Northwestern                 150/1

BYU                             200/1

California                             200/1

Cincinnati                             200/1

Georgia Tech                200/1

Kansas State                200/1

Mississippi State           200/1

Pittsburgh                            200/1

Rutgers                                 200/1

Arkansas                              250/1

Arizona                                 250/1

Iowa                                       250/1

Tennessee                           250/1

Missouri                               300/1

West Virginia                      300/1

Boston College                 500/1

South Florida                     500/1


Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M)                        17/4

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State)                           13/2

A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama)                             9/1

Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)                                12/1

Marquis Lee (WR USC)                                      12/1

T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)                                  12/1

Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville)                      12/1

De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon)                       14/1

Duke Johnson (RB Miami)                                 14/1

Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina)              14/1

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)                              16/1

Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson)                                   16/1

Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska)                           18/1

Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor)                              20/1

Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)                          25/1

Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)                                   25/1

Stephen Morris (QB Miami)                                25/1

Devin Gardner (QB Michigan)                             33/1

Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma)                                  40/1

Jeff Driskel (QB Florida)                                    40/1

Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona)                              40/1

Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland)                             40/1

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Few surprises in updated Maryland football depth chart

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Coach Randy Edsall and University of Maryland football released their post-Spring depth chart Tuesday. Here’s a look at how positional battles stand going into the summer.

WR 6 Deon Long 6-1 180 Jr.-TR
84 Amba Etta 6-2 190 Fr.-RS
80 Daniel Adams 6-3 205 So.-RS
85 James Bowman 6-0 190 Sr.-SQ
12 Marcus Leak 6-0 205 Jr.-2V

T 77 Mike Madaras 6-5 290 So.-1V
55 Ryan Doyle 6-4 300 So.-SQ

G 70 De’Onte Arnett 6-4 290 Sr.-2V
68 Silvano Altamirano 6-2 290 Jr.-TR

C 65 Sal Conaboy 6-4 290 Jr.-2V
50 Evan Mulrooney 6-5 290 So.-1V
60 Stephen Grommer 6-5 290 So.-SQ

G 66 Andrew Zeller 6-6 295 So.-1V
69 Gary Harraka 6-5 310 Jr.-SQ
79 Maurice Shelton 6-3 290 Fr.-RS

T 74 Nick Klemm 6-5 300 Sr.-3V
76 Michael Dunn 6-5 290 Fr.-RS
or 61 Jake Wheeler 6-7 300 Jr.-1V

TE 86 Dave Stinebaugh 6-4 250 Sr.-2V
88 P.J. Gallo 6-3 245 Fr.-RS
87 Brian McMahon 6-4 240 Fr.-RS

QB 16 C.J. Brown 6-3 210 Sr.-1V
11 Perry Hills 6-3 205 So.-1V
or 7 Caleb Rowe 6-2 195 So.-1V
or 9 Ricardo Young 6-1 180 Jr.-TR
6 Dustin Dailey 6-1 193 So.-RS

TB 45 Brandon Ross 5-10 205 So.-1V
or 4 Wes Brown 6-1 210 So.-1V
or 5 Albert Reid 5-10 200 So.-1V
29 Joe Riddle 6-0 191 Fr.-RS

FB 49 Tyler Cierski 6-0 262 Jr.-2V
30 Kenneth Goins, Jr. 5-10 228 Fr.-RS

WR 1 Stefon Diggs 6-1 185 So.-1V
8 Levern Jacobs 5-11 180 So.-1V
24 Regis Whittington 5-11 205 Sr.-SQ

WR 3 Nigel King 6-3 210 So.-1V
83 Malcolm Culmer 6-0 180 So.-SQ
10 Tyrek Cheeseboro 6-0 190 Fr.-RS
24 T.J. Ehrie 6-3 210 Sr.-TR

DE 99 Quinton Jefferson 6-4 270 So.-1V
90 Roman Braglio 6-3 250 Fr.-RS
78 Ty Tucker 6-2 260 Fr.-RS

NT 97 Darius Kilgo 6-3 300 Jr..-1V
71 Nate Clarke 6-3 310 So.-SQ
or 73 Alex Walker 6-0 295 Jr.-SQ
96 Azubuike Ukandu 6-2 290 Fr.-RS

DE 91 Keith Bowers 6-1 270 Jr.-2V
93 Andre Monroe 6-0 280 Jr.-1V
63 Joe Rosenblatt 6-2 280 Fr.-TR

OLB 40 Matt Robinson 6-4 230 Jr.-3V
35 Alex Twine 6-0 230 Jr.-2V
37 Avery Thompson 6-3 215 So.-1V

ILB 47 Cole Farrand 6-3 245 Jr.-2V
58 Bradley Johnson 6-1 240 Sr.-2V
31 Shawn Petty 6-2 235 So.-1V

ILB 53 L.A Goree 6-2 240 Jr.-2V
46 Abner Logan 6-1 235 Fr.-RS
42 Brock Dean 6-0 210 Fr.-RS

OLB 41 Marcus Whitfi eld 6-3 240 Sr.-2V
51 Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil 6-3 240 Jr.-RS
98 Clarence Murphy 6-2 245 Jr.-SQ

CB 25 Dexter McDougle 5-11 195 Sr.-3V
27 Alvin Hill 5-11 190 So.-1V
10 Tony Perry 5-9 170 Sr.-SQ

S 21 Sean Davis 6-1 185 So.-1V
or 19 A.J. Hendy 6-1 200 Jr.-2V

S 20 Anthony Nixon 6-1 205 So.-1V
22 Zach Dancel 6-0 195 So.-RS
26 Undray Clark 5-10 190 So.-SQ
39 Rashid Conteh 5-11 190 Jr.-SQ

CB 14 Jeremiah Johnson 6-0 190 Jr.-2V
17 Isaac Goins 6-0 185 Sr.-1V
4 William Likely 5-9 165 Fr.-HS

PK 15 Brad Craddock 6-1 180 So.-1V
12 Brendan Magistro 5-9 170 So.-1V

P 18 Nathan Renfro 6-1 205 So.-1V
29 Michael Tart 6-3 185 Jr.-SQ

LS 59 Greg Parcher 6-4 185 Sr.-1V
59 Christian Carpenter 5-11 215 Fr.-RS

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Diggs says Maryland offense “more comfortable” even without healthy QB’s

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Quotes – Maryland Spring Game

Red Team 13, White Team 13

Junior Linebacker Cole Farrand

On the team’s depth:

“We’re definitely getting depth. Everyone that’s on the field wants to play and the second team wants to play. Everyone is fighting for position out here. The intensity was great out here, and it was just a good game.”

On the offense:

“Today [the offense] was doing a really good job of establishing the running game. It’s usually a hard point for the offense; they’re usually more of a passing offense. They’re definitely establishing a run game very well and they were using it to their advantage.”
Junior Defensive Lineman Darius Kilgo

On players who have stepped up:

“I feel like Quinton Jefferson has definitely stepped up. He’s become a great player. Nate Clarke has also done a great job.”

On preparing for the season:

“We definitely want to work hard, get in the weight room and condition to get ready for the fall.”

On the tie:

“I don’t feel too good about it. I guess we’re all getting steak and lobster, but that’s how it goes.”
Sophomore Running Back Albert Reid

On what the running backs need to work on:

“We need to stay on our blocks; technique, fundamentals. We need to get all that together so we can come out in August and be ready to play. We have a big season coming up.”

On the running game:

“Every time something went wrong on the field, we came to the sideline and talked it over, went back on the field and got better. That’s all we need, is chemistry. We have to come together, talk on the field and execute.”
Sophomore Running Back Brandon Ross

On his improved play late last season:

“I went down earlier in the season and it was just a matter of getting my opportunities again, and that was how I emerged late in the season.”

On the offensive line:

“They’re coming along well. It’s a process of trying to make progress every day. What we need to do is work hard in the summer, so when camp comes around we’re ready to go.”

On combining with Albert Reid:

“It could be something special. We’ve just got to keep working and stay healthy.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

On his game:

“I had an OK game. Ricardo played big, O-line blocked well and we just played as a collective unit on both sides of the ball.”

On how the offense is progressing:

“We feel comfortable because we know what we’re doing. Last year, we knew what we were doing but we weren’t very comfortable, but this year we’ve got a year under our belt, so now we know how the plays work, how we work off other guys and what we can bring to the table.”

On the quarterback situation:

“I know for a fact that both quarterbacks are great. They both do a great job. They both study film and do what quarterbacks are supposed to do. They both are great quarterbacks. You’ve got to work around those guys and do what you can to help your team. I look forward to seeing who gets the job.”

On the offense is different than last year:

“We’ve got a lot more threats; Deon Long, Nigel King, Marcus Leak… I feel as if we’re going to have an electrifying offense. We’ve got two great quarterbacks that can bring things to the table so we feel comfortable out here.”

– Terps –

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Edsall impressed with Terps’ effort in Spring Game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Statement:

“I thought it was really good tonight. I was very impressed with the effort and intensity and the hitting that took place. The kids really came out and got after it. I was impressed with the people that were out here. What a great night and the weather cooperated. I couldn’t be more pleased with what has taken place in the 15 days we had during the spring. It culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone out here.”

On the running game:

“I limited what the defense could do. It was still good to see [from] them. That is what we have seen out of Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] all spring along with how they run. The one thing we have to be able to do is run the ball efficiently. When we do that it opens up the passing game. With the skill guys we have at wide receiver it will make us more productive and a chance to get big plays. They ran the way they have been running all spring.”

On Stefon Diggs:

“He is better this spring. He is more focused, not to say that he wasn’t before. He really wants to be better. He doesn’t want to stay the same, he doesn’t want to regress. He really understands the effort that has to go into being a good player. He was selected as one of the ten leaders on the team. I have created a leadership council; we aren’t going to have team captains this year. We will select game captains week by week. I had the coaches recommend a guy from their position who they felt could be a leader of their group and the team.”

“Stefon was the guy at wide receiver, Albert [Reid] at running back, C.J. [Brown] was the quarterback, Dave Stinebaugh the tight end, Sal Conaboy the offensive lineman, Darius Kilgo on the defensive line, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil at outside linebacker, Cole Farrand is the inside backer, J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] at the secondary, and Greg Parcher the long snapper. We let them know that. I think Stefon is making sure he can do everything he can to live up to the role he now has as part of that leadership council.”

On the quarterback play:

“With Ricardo [Young] the big thing I thought he did tonight was be inconsistent. We have to get more consistent. Dustin Dailey is a guy who got better this spring. [Shawn] Petty was a guy who they were able to but plays in with trick plays. That is something they did; it won’t be in our arsenal for the season. That was for the fans.”

On who stood out:

“There were some guys who made individual plays out there. J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] made the pick; Zach [Dancel] made the pick. Some guys had sacks. We will have to take a look at film and evaluate the entire fifteen days. We will end up creating a depth chart out of those fifteen days and it will be something that we put together heading into the fall. We will then put in the newcomers, many of who were here today which is great to see, they have been working hard and lifting. Overall, I am pleased with what we did and got accomplished. We have some big things ahead of us for this summer.”

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