Maryland fell to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the ACC with a bad loss to Wake Forest on Saturday, Oct. 19, but that defeat was far from the worst thing to happen to the Terrapins on the day.
According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Barker, star wide receiver Stefon Diggs needs surgery for a broken fibula and will miss the rest of the season:
#Terps best receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long both lost for the season with leg fractures, will undergo surgery.— Jeff Barker (@sunjeffbarker) October 19, 2013
Broken: fibula and tibia for Long Broken fibula for Diggs. That is what I'm told— Jeff Barker (@sunjeffbarker) October 19, 2013
This is just brutal news for the Terps.
After pulling in eight catches for 67 yards against the Demon Deacons on Saturday, the sophomore Diggs, one of the most tantalizing young wide receivers in college football, was up to 34 receptions, 587 yards and three scores on the season. He has also proven to be a dangerous kick returner and all-around playmaker during his two years in College Park.
Entering Saturday, he ranked fourth in the ACC in yards per reception and seventh in receiving yards.
Diggs, who West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen called a Tavon Austin "clone" in September, is an elite talent and likely future NFL player, but as a true sophomore, he's not yet draft eligible.
So, while this is unfortunate news for the Terps, the young man will at least have plenty of time to rehab and get back to full strength for next season.
Without Diggs and No. 2 WR Deon Long, Maryland, which has been hit unfathomably hard with injuries this season, will turn to sophomores Levern Jacobs and Nigel King, as well as freshman Emba Etta-Tawo, who had six catches on Saturday.