By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
3:46 PM EDT, August 5, 2013
Here are some early notes from the Maryland football media day. We'll have more blogs, a story and video later today.
** The star of the show? Stefon Diggs, naturally. The receiver-returner was surrounded by a thicket of cameras and microphones.
Diggs says he’s added 10 pounds and is now up to 195 pounds. He said it will help him absorb hits this season and beyond. “It’s a much more physical game at the next level,” he said.
Diggs was approached by coach Randy Edsall during the offseason and told that he was among 10 players selected to a "leadership council" that will act as liaisons between players and coaches.
“The one thing he said is that this was the first time he had ever been in that position. We talked to him a lot about how he has to conduct himself, how he’s going to be watched. He’s taken a very mature approach to these things,” Edsall said.
Diggs is hopeful that the addition of transfer Deon Long, a wide receiver, will keep defenses honest. It’s no secret that Diggs is Maryland’s most explosive player.
“We’ve got some good guys coming in. Take me out and my teammates will get open. We’ve got a lot of threats,” Diggs said.
I asked Diggs about his father, who died in 2008. I profiled Aron Diggs in a story for today’s newspaper. The player said he is motivated by his father's memory and thinks about him “every day.”
** I noticed that Maryland’s 2013 training camp notebook for the players has this new mantra in bold red lettering: “Hold the Rope!”
The meaning? Imagine you’re dangling from a cliff and relying on a teammate to reel you in.
“It’s about you being there for your brother,” quarterback C.J. Brown said.
** As expected, Edsall declared Brown as his starting quarterback.
Ricardo Young, Caleb Rowe and Perry Hills will split reps at No. 2. Shane Cockerille (Gilman) will get any remaining reps.
I asked Cockerille about possibly heading for a redshirt season. He can wait his turn, he said. But he’d sure like to play now.
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