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Vikings WR stands by comparison of Diggs to Antonio Brown


Vikings WR stands by comparison of Diggs to Antonio Brown

During training camp, Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace compared rookie Stefon Diggs to arguably the league's best receiver, Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown. Wallace would be one to know, being that he and Brown were teammates with the Steelers before Wallace moved on to Minnesota.

Diggs went on to have an electric preseason, mostly on special teams, but was listed as inactive through the first three weeks of the season. After fellow receiver Charles Johnson went down with an injury this past week, Diggs got his chance and he made the most of it. 

In a loss to Denver on Sunday, Diggs led the team with 87 yards receiving on six catches and in a postgame interview, Wallace stood by him earlier remarks. 

“When I first got here, he reminded me of Antonio,’’ Wallace told the Pioneer-Press. “I still stand by that, how quick he is and his motor and the routes he runs and just the way he prepares himself, man. He’s got so much energy and I love that. He can’t sit down. He’s always going full speed.


“He could be better than me,’’ he went on to say. “He’s young. When I came in (with Pittsburgh in 2009), I was playing well as a young guy, but I had one assignment: Beat them deep. Diggs is already running the full route treatment from Day 1.’’

It had actually been Diggs' ability as a receiver that were most critiqued during the preseason. 

There had been no doubt that he could be a contributor as a returner, but with Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels -- two of the league's best returners -- ahead of him on the depth chart, it appeared it may take some time for him to get a shot. 

But after Sunday's performance, some are calling for Diggs to have an even larger role. From Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk:

Meanwhile, Patterson (who unexpectedly got the start on Sunday) had one catch for nine yards. Which means that Patterson will soon be heading full speed for the exit, while Diggs and Johnson become the guys around which the passing game is built.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun

Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball


Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.