University of Maryland Terrapins
Good Council High School
OVERVIEWWhen he’s on the football field, Diggs has proven to be an outstanding playmaker – whether as a receiver, toting the ball out of the backfield on reverses or by exploding through the wedge to reach the end zone as a kickoff returner. In just three seasons at the school, he became the third Terrapin to amass 4,000 all-purpose yards (4,106), as he holds down the second spots on the all-time record charts with 2,227 yards receiving and a kickoff return average of 25.82 yards.
With those impressive numbers, you have to wonder why Diggs is not mentioned in the same breath as some of the elite receivers in the 2015 draft class. One reason for the junior not receiving such accolades is what teams feel is a lack of durability. Ankle woes as a freshman were soon followed by a right fibula fracture that cut short his sophomore season after seven games.
Then, in 2014, two incidents led NFL teams to take a cautious approach with Diggs as a potential roster addition. First, he was suspended for the Michigan State game for his role in refusing a pregame handshake vs. Penn State. Perhaps in a bit of “karma biting back,” Diggs was injured in that meeting vs. the Nittany Lions, suffering a lacerated kidney that sidelined him for the final three regular season contests.
Diggs attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he played football and ran track. He recorded 810 yards receiving with 23 touch-downs in 2010, and was runner-up Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year. As a senior, he recorded 770 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, and racked up 277 rushing yards and three scores on the ground on the way to earning Washington Post all-metro honors.
Arriving at Maryland, Diggs wasted no time establishing his presence, starting seven times at flanker and leading the Terps with 54 receptions for 848 yards, the seventh-most yardage gained in a season at Maryland. He scored six times on those grabs and two more times while averaging 28.52 yards on 25 kickoff returns. He gained 221 yards on 22 punt returns, 114 yards on 20 rushing attempts and his 1,896 all-purpose yards rank second on the school season-record list.
Diggs was well on his way to another productive season in 2013, but in the Terps’ seventh game, he broke his leg vs. Wake Forest and was lost for the rest of the year. He still ranked second on the team with 34 receptions for 587 yards and three scores, accounted for 912 all-purpose yards that included 281 yards on 12 kickoff returns (23.42 avg) and 45 yards on seven carries.
In between his suspension and lacerated kidney, Diggs returned to action in 2014 with a team-high 62 receptions, which rank sixth on the school season-record list. He tallied 792 yards, tenth on the annual chart, scoring on five of his snatches. No longer the flanker, the new slot receiver also returned 20 kicks for 478 yards (23.9 avg).
CAREER NOTESDiggs started 24 of 28 games at Maryland – 14 at flanker and his last 10 at slot receiver…Caught 150 passes for 2,227 yards (14.85 ypc) and fourteen touchdowns, adding 187 yards on 32 carries (5.84 ypc)…Returned 24 punts for 220 yards (9.17 avg) and 57 kick-offs for 1,472 yards (25.82 avg) with two touchdowns…Finished with 4,106 all-purpose yards, ranking third in school history in that category.
School Career-Record Results…Diggs ranks fourth in school history with fourteen touch-down catches and 150 receptions…Only Jermaine Lewis (2,932; 1992-95) has gained more receiving yards that Diggs (2,227) in Terps annals…The only other Maryland players with more all-purpose yards are Torrey Smith (2008-10; 5,264) and LaMont Jordan (1997-2000; 4,960)…Ranks second in school annals with an average gain of 25.82 yards per kickoff return, as his 57 runbacks for 1,472 yards both rank fourth in Maryland history.
School Season-Record Results…Holds the sixth spot on the annual chart with 62 receptions in 2014; ranking seventh with 848 receiving yards and fifth with 713 yards gained via kickoff returns in 2012…His 1,896 all-purpose yards in 2012 rank second on the season-record list behind Torrey Smith (2,192 in 2009).