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Teammates at media day react to Diggs' big NFL debut

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Teammates at media day react to Diggs' big NFL debut

Watch video of Diggs' Maryland teammates reacting to his debut in the video player above.

Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs made a splash in his preseason NFL debut with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, returning a punt 62 yards and nearly scoring a touchdown. 

In fact, it looked like a touchdown to many but even after an official review, the call on the field stood and the ball was placed at Pittsburgh's one-yard line. Minnesota would score shortly after.

A number of former teammates of Diggs at Maryland watched the game and it was clear at media day on Monday which side of the fence they stood on.

Randy Edsall, head coach: "I saw it. I said, 'You know what? It looks like he's got a chance to take this one back for a good distance,' then saw him do that. It's just reminiscent of what he did here but I was hoping that he could have got a touchdown out of it but, you know, just great effort. And it just shows what kind of a dynamic playmaker he can be."

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Caleb Rowe, QB: "I saw the punt return. I thought he scored. I text him every now and then and we talk and catch up but they're filling big shoes right now."

Levern Jacobs, WR: "I did [think it was a touchdown]. I'm happy for that man and he deserves everything he gets so I think he's going to do some good things in the NFL."

Will Likely, CB: "It's great, man. I think they should have called him a touchdown, man. I'm kind of sick he didn't get that touchdown, though."

Quinton Jefferson, DL: "I think he scored. I think he scored. It was a bad call. They need to give him his touchdown."

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.