Maryland will be lacking in wide receiver depth this week when the Terrapins head to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. Stefon Diggs, who was eligible to return to the field this week after serving a one-game suspension, is not expected to play against the Wolverines due to a kidney injury.
The Baltimore Sun reports Diggs has not practiced this week and will not play this weekend at Michigan. Diggs suffered a lacerated kidney on November 1 in a road game at Penn State. It was initially feared Diggs may not return for Maryland’s final games, so missing the Michigan game may not be a shock.
Diggs was forced to miss last weekend’s home game against Michigan State due to a suspension issued by the Big Ten, but he likely would have missed the game anyway due to the injury. Diggs was suspended for pregame conduct at Penn State, in which Diggs made contact with a Big Ten official during a pregame scuffle.
With Diggs reportedly unavailable this week, Jacquille Veii is expected to get the start in his place for a second straight game. Veii had four catches for 45 yards last weekend against Michigan State.
Juwann Winfree will also be unavailable this week. He was suspended by the team for two games earlier this week for a violation of team rules.
Iowa is looking to remain perfect in the Big Ten, but Maryland has overcome a rough start to take a lead into the halftime break. Maryland has scored 17 straight points to take a 17-14 lead into the second half.
Things got off to a rough start for Maryland, with C.J. Brown tossing an interception to Drew Ott on the first play of the game. With terrific starting field position from the Maryland 32, yard line, five plays later the visiting Hawkeyes took a quick lead with a short touchdown run from Mark Weisman. After Maryland was eventually forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Iowa quickly flipped the field position when Jake Rudock connected with Damon Bullock for a 52-yard gain on the first play of the drive. Rudock soon hooked up with Henry Krieger Coble for a short touchdown pass and Iowa led 14-0 about midway through the first quarter.
Jacquille Veii put the Terrapins on the scoreboard with a nifty 23-yard touchdown run on Maryland’s next possession. That was the start of a 17-point run by the home team as Maryland took some control after a rocky start. Maryland turned an Iowa lost fumble into three points off the leg of Brad Craddock and a touchdown run by Wes Brown capped a drive that started around midfield later in the second quarter.
Iowa is looking to go 3-0 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes have had some ups and downs this season, but a win today in Maryland would keep Iowa in a good position moving forward in the Big Ten West. Wisconsin or Nebraska may still be the top teams in the division, and Northwestern has made it clear we should not forget about them either, but Iowa has a somewhat favorable schedule ahead if they can come back and leave the east coast with a win.