Another day, another preseason award for Mr. Stefon Diggs.
This time around, Diggs was named to CBSSports.com’s 2013 preseason college football All-America Team, which gets voted on by a panel of in-site college football experts and pundits alike. Diggs occupies the Second Team kick returner spot, being beaten out by Dri Archer of Kent State for the First Team honors.
At the wide receiver position, Diggs lost out to Marquise Lee (USC), Sammy Watkins (Clemson), and Amari Cooper (Alabama) on First Team; on Second Team it was Davante Adams (Fresno State), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), and Tevin Reese (Baylor).
It’s worth noting that only four underclassmen made either All-America team, and that’s including Diggs.
The list was heavily favored towards upperclassmen, which makes sense given that they have the most experience. Diggs was, however, one of only five ACC players on the entire list; for reference, Alabama alone had four players nominated.
In reality this is something Diggs should both take pride in, and take it as a complete and total slight. Anything motivational boost to give him an edge against Sammy Watkins is a good thing. Knowing Diggs, who offensive coordinator Mike Locksley called “the most competitive player I’ve ever been around,” he’s probably going to have this pasted in his locker somewhere along with zounds of other clippings doubting him.
And this isn’t even a doubt, this just isn’t giving him the full respect he deserves. Either way, congratulations to Stefon Diggs! Onto the Heisman.