Maryland WRs Stefon Diggs, Deon Long both out for season

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Stefon Diggs consoles Deon Long after his injury vs. Wake Forest. (USATSI)
Stefon Diggs consoles Deon Long after his injury vs. Wake Forest. (USATSI)
Losing 34-10 to Wake Forest would have been bad enough for Randy Edsall and Maryland . But the Terps' trip to Winston-Salem proved even worse than that.

Edsall confirmed after the game that both of his leading two receivers, Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, had broken their legs during the game and would require season-ending surgery. Long broke both the tibia and the fibula in his right leg, with Diggs breaking his right fibula later in the game.

"It's unfortunate," Edsall said, per the Washington Post. "I feel bad for both those guys. We got to make sure we move forward."

Though seven games, the pair had combined for 66 receptions for 1,076 yards -- totals representing just over 50 percent of the Maryland's team receptions and just under 54 percent of its receiving yards. Diggs -- a preseason all-purpose All-American -- also ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving with his 587 yards.

The timing for Edsall and the Terps could not be worse; after their promising 4-0 start, Maryland has been outscored 123-37 and gone 1-2 over their past three games, and now the Terps host a wounded No. 9 Clemson this Saturday.

After the plague of injuries suffered by Maryland's quarterbacks in 2012, Edsall could have been forgiven for hoping for better luck on the injury front in 2013. But it looks like he'll keep have to hoping into 2014.

 
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