Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs should be playing with a big chip on his shoulder.
However, the preseason has been most kind to Diggs. On Tuesday, the Maryland star wideout was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. Diggs was previously named to the Hornung and Maxwell Award watch lists.
Diggs is one of five wideouts from the Big Ten to make the list. The award was won by Oregon State and now New Orleans wide receiver Brandin Cooks. No Terp has ever won the award that was established in 1994.
In an injury-shortened sophomore season, Diggs caught 34 passes for 587 yards (17.3 yards-per-catch) and three touchdowns. That was coming off a stellar freshman campaign in which the former Good Counsel star grabbed 54 balls for 848 yards (15.7 yards-per-catch) and six touchdowns. Despite only playing in seven games, Diggs still posted two 100-yard games, coming against Old Dominion and Connecticut.
The combination of Diggs and senior receiver Deon Long should prove to be a strong security blanket for quarterback C.J. Brown. Coming off a year where the Terps won seven games and were bowl eligible, the success of Diggs could go a long way in Maryland’s first season in the Big Ten.