The Maryland Terrapins will face their first season in the Big Ten this fall, boasting one of the toughest schedules in school history. The Terps, after playing James Madison, South Florida, Syracuse and West Virginia, are presented with a B1G schedule consisting of: at Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa, at Wisconsin, at Penn State, Michigan State, at Michigan, and Rutgers.
Maryland boasts a very talented and very experienced group of Wide Receivers, headlined by Junior Stefon Diggs, who, coming off a season cut short by injury, is on the award watch lists for the Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding Wide Receiver), Maxwell Award (College Football Player of the Year), Paul Hornung Award (Most Outstanding Versatile Player), and the Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year).
The group of Wide Receivers, which has been called by some as the best group of wideouts in the Big Ten, also includes Deon Long, Nigel King, Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, and Daniel Culmer. The list goes on.
Head Coach Randy Edsall said nothing is guaranteed. “We have a lot to do at the receiving core. They have to step it up.”
“These guys have got to earn it. They must understand that they have to work extremely hard. We have to have complete receivers on this team. If they listen to (Receivers Coach Keenan McCardell), and do what he says, they will succeed.”
“(Coach Edsall) wants us to up our game and turn it up a notch, because as a coach, you want the best from your guys and he wants the best for us and I feel as if we have no room but to continue to get better until we meet his expectations,” said Diggs.
“Coach (Edsall) is the type of guy who, he doesn’t care who you are, he knows how to get the best out of you, and he doesn’t let up,” said Long.
“That’s the kind of coach you need, the kind that will give you tough love and not baby you around. The coach will hold you to a high standard and that’s what you should hold yourself to.”
Long, who says that he is “more explosive” and “in the best shape of my career” coming off a broken leg in October that ended his season, is confident coming into the Terps’ first B1G season.
“I know it’s true (that the Terps have the best receivers in the conference) if we continue to listen to what Coach Keenan tells us, what Coach Edsall tells us, and all our coaches. I feel like we could be the best receiving core in the nation… The only way we can be that way is if we all put the work in every single day and not be inconsistent with it.”
Diggs also suffered a broken leg, in the same game as Long (against Wake Forest), the game that saw Maryland’s season begin to go down in flames. “There’s no limitation to how good this offense can be. If we work as a unit, there’s no limit on how good we can be. We got good guys on the outside, good Runningbacks, and good Quarterbacks. So there’s no limitation there. It’s all based on how much work we put in.”
The Terps open the season August 30th at home against James Madison University.