GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs and linebacker Marcus Whitfield were named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference team on Wednesday, as selected by the league’s 14 head coaches.
Both players are honorable mention selections with Diggs (wide receiver) being selected to the team for the second consecutive season despite missing the last half of the campaign with a leg injury. Last season, Diggs was a second-team selection as a specialist in the inaugural coaches’ all-conference team.
Whitfield (linebacker) emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the ACC. The Germantown, Md., native has a team-best 9.0 sacks, which is tied for fifth in the conference, and he is tied for eighth in the ACC with 14.5 TFL. Whitfield has totaled 50 tackles, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles, along with one fumble recovered and a blocked PAT.
Before suffering a season-ending injury against Wake Forest on Oct. 19, Diggs ranked as one of the top wide receivers in the league. Through seven games, Diggs averaged 83.9 receiving yards a game, which would rank fifth in the conference if eligible, and 17.3 yards per catch. He totaled two 100-yard receiving games this season including a career-high 179 yards receiving against Old Dominion (Sept. 7).
Both Diggs and Whitfield were selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) as honorable mention members of the ACSMA All-ACC team last week.
Under the auspices of the ACC, the league’s 14 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ballots were worth three points for each first-team, two points for second-team and one point for third-team selections.