Former Good Counsel standout Stefon Diggs shined in his NFL debut on Sunday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The Gaithersburg native returned a punt 62 yards in the third quarter to set up a touchdown that helped propel the Minnesota Vikings to a 14-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game.
Diggs was being talked about on social media as the “steal” of the draft after delivering a sensational performance in his professional debut.
“The world has finally seen his explosiveness,” said Seneca Valley assistant coach Quintin Cosby. “Great debut with only four touches.”
Diggs, a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, fielded the ball in Steelers’ territory and raced down the sideline before he was forced out at the 1-yard line. The Vikings scored on the next play when Joe Banyard crossed the goal line.
Diggs also registered a four-yard punt return and caught two passes for 14 yards against the Steelers. He’s embattled in a competition with Vikings veteran cornerback Marcus Sherels for the team’s No. 1 punt returner position.
After Sunday’s performance, Diggs managed to raise some eyebrows and should see more action at punt returner during the preseason.
Diggs spent three seasons at Maryland before opting to forgo his senior campaign for the NFL Draft. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2014, registering 10 catches for 138 yards in Maryland’s loss to Stanford last season in the Foster Farms Bowl.
Diggs, a former All-Sentinel player, ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in all-purpose yards per game as a freshman and earned honorable mention All-ACC honors as a sophomore despite missing the final six games because of a broken leg.
During the 2012 campaign, the former Montgomery Village Sports Association youth league standout became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s all-time freshman leader for all-purpose yardage.
“Stefon is a special athlete,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall once said. “He has tremendous abilities and talent. The thing that separates him is that he’s a tremendous competitor. He’s a worker. He thinks that every time he touches the ball, he can take it the distance.”