Maryland junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs continues to pile up preseason recognition.
On Monday morning, Diggs was named to preseason watch lists for the Paul Hornung and Maxwell Awards.
The Hornung Award is given to the most versatile player in college football and LSU and now New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. won the award in 2013. Diggs was one of 10 Big Ten players to make the list, including Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Northwestern’s Venric Mark, and Indiana’s Shane Wynn. UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the only player to make the list from last year’s bunch.
On the other hand, the Maxwell Award is presented to the top college football player in the country. The list includes the usual suspects with Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. Diggs was one of 19 wideouts to appear on the list, along with Michigan’s Devin Funchess, Duke’s Jamison Crowder, and Florida State’s Rashad Greene. The junior wideout was also only one of nine Big Ten players to grace the initial list. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is the reigning winner.
Just like the Hornung Award, semifinalists are announced on Nov. 3. On Nov. 24, three finalists are announced with the award being presented on March 6, 2015 in Atlantic City at the annual banquet.
Despite only playing in five games in 2013, Diggs still hauled in 34 passes for 587 yards (83.9 yards-per-game) and finished second on the team in receptions. That was coming off a phenomenal freshman campaign in which he 1,896 all-purpose yards (848 receiving yards and six touchdowns).
While Diggs may not win either award, he should be one of the most electrifying players in the Big Ten. In the return game and through the air, Diggs will likely be playing with a chip on his shoulder and look to make a huge impact on his new conference.