In their second year under Randy Edsall, the Maryland Terrapins stumbled their way to a 4-8 (2-6 ACC) finish. Edsall, who was hired to replace the fired Ralph Friedgen following the 2010 season, has gone 6-18 in his first two years at Maryland (for comparison, Friedgen was 9-4 in his final season and recorded a bowl victory). In all, 2012 was a year to forget in College Park...mostly.
The only exception was freshman wide receiver and return specialist Stefon Diggs. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, Diggs decided to stick to his roots and go to College Park, a mere 30 minutes from where he grew up. His 172.4 all-purpose yards per game were good enough to rank him 8th nationally and 2nd in the ACC. Despite the fact that Maryland went through FIVE quarterbacks last season, Diggs still somehow managed to rack up 848 yards receiving. In a year in which there was absolutely no reason to get excited about Terps football, Diggs gave a spark of hope with his remarkable ability. His talents were recognized nationwide as he was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American team. I'm not sure how Edsall landed this guy, but he should consider himself very lucky. If they're able to keep a 3rd string QB or better in the game this year, Diggs could have a blowout year.
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