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Why strong preseason still might not move Diggs up depth chart


Why strong preseason still might not move Diggs up depth chart

For all of the electricity that former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has brought to the Minnesota Vikings this preseason, it still may not be enough to crack the regular rotation, according to a report from Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

It has been on special teams where Diggs has really made his mark, averaging 24.2 yards per return on the five punts he has fielded in two preseason games. That includes a 62-yard near-touchdown against Pittsburgh in the team's preseason opener.

But there's just one problem. The punt and kick return options for the Vikings feature players who have been among the best in the league at their jobs over the course of the past two seasons.

As Tomasson explains, Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer said this week that cornerback Marcus Sherels appears to be in line to retain his job returning punts. The same goes for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who will likely continue fielding kicks.


And for as well as Diggs has played, it's hard to argue that Sherels (15.2 yards/return in 2013) and Patterson (32.4 yards/return in 2013) should be overtaken by a rookie. Those numbers by Sherels and Patterson were good for second and first in the league, respectively, that year.

The wide receiver position is also a log jam for Minnesota.

Diggs joins a group that includes Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Jairius Wright, Adam Thielen, and the aforementioned Patterson. There doesn't seem to be much room there.

Of course, injuries happen and perhaps Diggs could slot in somewhere if that scenario arises. But, for the time being, it appears we may see limited opportunities for Diggs at least early in 2015.

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


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.


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.


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.