If there were any lingering doubts that Stefon Diggs had fully recovered from a significant leg injury suffered last season, he completely erased them this past week.
During the final scrimmage of summer camp Wednesday, Diggs recorded a pair of touchdowns. One, however, stood out from the other.
With the offense at its own 20-yard line, Diggs took a very short pass and, after eluding several teammates with cutbacks, turned it into an 80-yard score.
Diggs posted on his Instagram account what looks like a stadium roof’s view of the impressive run after the catch:
So, yeah, I’d say Diggs will be alright as the Terps enter their first season in the Big Ten, the coaches of which are already impressed with the receiver.
Diggs suffered a broken fibula during an Oct. 19 loss to Wake Forest and missed the final six games of the season, including the Military Bowl loss to Marshall. Despite missing essentially half the season, the junior was second on the team in receptions (34), receiving yards (587) and receiving touchdowns (three).
Both Phil Steele and the media voted Diggs to their preseason first-team All-Big Ten squads, while he was named to the watch lists for the Biletnikoff (top receiver), Walter Camp (best player) and Hornung (most versatile) awards.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.