Maryland alum and Vikings rookie wide receiver Diggs to make debut on Monday Night Football
Watch Stefon Diggs’ highlight reel from his time with Good Counsel. (Video by Jordan Smith for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC / The Washington Post)
September 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m. — Former Good Counsel and Maryand Terrapin star Stefon Diggs will make his debut tonight for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. Diggs, a 6-foot, 195-pound receiver from Gaithersburg, Md., was drafted in the fifth round by the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Diggs first shined with Good Counsel in Olney, Md., where he touched the ball in every way possible for the Falcons. He would receive passes, return punts and take handoffs, getting involved any way he could.
As a junior for the Falcons in 2010, Diggs finished the season with 810 yards and 23 touchdowns, earning him runner-up for the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year. As a senior, he piled on 770 more receiving yards and eight touchdowns, in addition to 277 rushing yards and three more scores. He was named All-Met Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the Maryland roster as a five-star recruit. According to Rivals.com, he was the No. 2 rated wide receiver in the nation and the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Maryland.
Diggs spent three years with the Terrapins from 2012 to 2014. As a freshman, he racked up 1,896 all-purpose yards, the second most in Maryland history. He was selected to the All-ACC second team and was runner-up for ACC Rookie of the Year. He was limited sophomore year by an injury that cost him the final six games of the season. The university transferred to the Big Ten for his junior year, and Diggs earned second-team all-conference honors again in 2014.
The Vikings snagged the versatile player in the with the 146th overall pick in 2015 to help an improving offense, led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Adrian Peterson. Other key weapons for the Vikings include Mike Wallace, Kyle Rudolph and Cordarrelle Patterson. The squad finished 7-9 in 2014, but were without Peterson, who was serving a suspension.
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