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NFL Training Camp: Checking in on handful of pro Terrapins

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NFL Training Camp: Checking in on handful of pro Terrapins

NFL training camps have been underway for just over a week and preseason games are approaching -- including former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs set to take the field Sunday night for the Vikings against Pittsburgh. 

So let's take a look around the league at how a handful of former Terrapins have performed in training camp:

Deon Long (Tennessee Titans, WR)

The Titans signed Long as a free agent after he went undrafted earlier this year. He seems to be fighting -- literally, at times -- for his spot:

He also is taking on some responsibilities that he didn't get as much of an opportunity to have at Maryland: 

Another photo:

Darius Kilgo (Denver Broncos, DT)

Kilgo was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft and, as the depth chart stood at that point, it seemed like his playing time would be limited. But a four-game PED suspension for lineman Derek Wolfe and an ongoing police investigation of Antonio Smith has shuffled the depth chart and put Kilgo in a position to contribute.

More on that here:

Dexter McDougle (New York Jets, CB)

McDougle missed the entire 2014 season after tearing a ligament in his knee, but has bounced back and been solid in training camp so far:

Fellow cornerback Dee Milliner is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing wrist surgery, which could open up more opportunities for McDougle.

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings, WR)

Pro Bowl WR Mike Wallace said Diggs reminds him of Antonio Brown, a player alongside whom Wallace played in Pittsburgh. Diggs, drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, will be a target for second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as Minnesota opens in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday night.

Here's a nice catch the former Terp made during training camp: 

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.