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Photo courtesy of Kenneth Levy. Maryland freshman wide receiver Stefon Diggs was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance Saturday in the Terps' loss to West Virginia.
Published on: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
Maryland freshman wide receiver Stefon Diggs was named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance Saturday in a loss to West Virginia.
Although Diggs caught only three passes, two of them went for scores in Maryland’s 31-21 loss to the Mountaineers. The former Good Counsel standout had a 42-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and later scored on a 56-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
Diggs, who finished with 113 receiving yards, amassed 201 all-purpose yards against the Mountaineers. The Gaithersburg native registered 63 kickoff return yards and added 25 yards on punt returns.
Diggs became the second Terrapin in three weeks to earn Rookie of the Week honors. Maryland quarterback Perry Hills earned the award for his performance in the Terrapins’ 36-27 win over Temple on Sept. 8.
Hills, a Pittsburgh native, threw for a season-high 305 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to West Virginia. The freshman completed 20 of 29 passes against the Mountaineers.
After trailing 14-0, Hills completed a pass to Diggs, who raced down the sideline and dove into the end zone for the score with 1:54 left in the first quarter. Maryland tied the score on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Hills to Marcus Leak with 12:16 remaining in the second quarter.
After West Virginia took a 31-14 lead, Hills later capped the scoring on a 56-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 7:25 left in the fourth quarter.
“When you get around Perry, and you see his demeanor and his competitiveness and his heart and his passion and his ability to be a team guy, you just know a guy like that is going to rebound from some setbacks,” said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. “That is the thing — he is a tough guy. He is just a tough guy that wants to do well. I thought he went out and for the most part did a good part of executing the game plan.”