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Terps star Stefon Diggs will miss final two regular season games, return for bowl game

Maryland star wide receiver Stefon Diggs will miss the final two games of the regular season, but he is expected to play in the Terps' bowl game, coach Randy Edsall said Thursday.

Diggs suffered a lacerated kidney while diving for the end zone against Penn State on Nov. 1. The junior is not expected to be cleared for contact until Dec. 1, Edsall said.

Diggs ranks second in the Big Ten in catches per game (5.8), fifth in yards per game (72.7), and he leads the Terps with five touchdown receptions.

Sophomore Jacquille Veii will start in the slot for Maryland with Diggs sidelined.

A converted running back, Veii has 10 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown and had four catches for 45 yards during the Terps’ 37-15 loss to No. 12 Michigan State last week.

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Moved to cornerback because of injuries, Terps' Sean Davis enjoys 'opportunity'

Maryland defensive back Sean Davis continues to learn a cornerback position that he has not played regularly since he was a young football player at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Davis, a junior who was moved to cornerback because of injuries, likes his new position and has expressed an interest in staying there.

“I always wanted to play corner,” said Davis, who had been a starting safety for the Terps since his freshman season in 2012. “I just had the opportunity, and it’s a perfect opportunity, perfect timing to showcase my versatility that I can be out there by myself sometimes.

"It is fun. I definitely want to play it. It’s less stress on me. It’s just a perfect opportunity. I think I’ve handled it well.”

Maryland has suffered several injuries at cornerback this season, depleting the position to the point that the Terps may have had to start a sophomore with minimal playing experience -- Jarrett Ross -- if not for Davis sliding over from safety.

Starting cornerback Alvin Hill...

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Damonte Dodd begins to show signs of becoming defensive force for Maryland

Damonte Dodd knows exactly what his role is going to be for the Maryland men’s basketball team this season.

“Just blocking shots and rebounding,” the 6-foot-11 sophomore center from Centreville (Queen Anne’s County) said Wednesday. “I get better at rebounding, but if I keep blocking shots, I’ll be fine.”

Dodd had a career-high four blocks in Monday’s 93-57 win over Central Connecticut State, to go along with seven points, four rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes. He had two blocks in the season-opening win over Wagner on Friday, with eight rebounds and six points in 15 minutes.

In both games this season, Dodd overcame slow starts with a more noticeable second half. 

“When I go in the locker room after the first half, I think about what I can do better,” Dodd said Wednesday. “I know I can rebound better and just be more aggressive going for ball rebounding. I take all that in consideration.”

Playing behind Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell as a freshman last season, Dodd’s...

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Having Matt Robinson back provides boost for Terps

Maryland outside linebacker Matt Robinson found himself in a familiar, frustrating position, sitting on the field and waiting to be tended to by Maryland's athletic trainers.

After missing the previous three games with a shoulder injury, the redshirt senior had gotten through most of the Terps' game against Iowa on Oct. 18 without any major setbacks — until he ran to make a tackle late in the fourth quarter and led with that damaged right shoulder.

Robinson's initial thought was that he had not done significant damage to the already ailing shoulder. The reality hit later.

"It was a little depressing," said Robinson, who has dealt with right shoulder injuries throughout his time at Maryland. "But at the end of the day, I'm still here. I'm still playing and was really just trying to get out there and help my teammates win."

Relegated to the sideline for two games after reinjuring the shoulder, Robinson (Atholton) returned to the lineup Saturday against No. 12 Michigan State and helped...

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Terps star Stefon Diggs will not play against Michigan, sources say

Maryland will be without its most electrifying offensive weapon for at least another week.

Terps junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who suffered a lacerated kidney against Penn State on Nov. 1, has not practiced this week and will not play when Maryland travels to face Michigan on Saturday, according to multiple sources.

Diggs was eligible to return this week after being suspended for the Terps' game against Michigan State for a violation of the Big Ten's sportsmanship code.

Sophomore Jacquille Veii is expected to again start in the slot with Diggs sidelined.

Veii had four catches for 45 yards against Michigan State.

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Maryland holding Touchdown Pledge Drive against Rutgers



Each touchdown Maryland scores during its regular season finale against Rutgers on Nov. 29 will lead to a contribution toward cystic fibrosis research, as the University of Maryland chapter of Uplifting Athletes is holding a Touchdown Pledge Drive.

The Maryland chapter chose cystic fibrosis in support of former Terps quarterback Boomer Esiason, who has a son affected by the disease.

The Maryland chapter raised $12,412 for cystic fibrosis research this year during its Lift for Life event.

Uplifting Athletes is a national non-profit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

Fans can support the football student-athlete-led Maryland chapter by making a donation through their online Touchdown Pledge drive site:

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