Any fear of overusing Stefon Diggs as featured returner?

Any fear of overusing Stefon Diggs as featured returner?
August 13, 2014, 7:00 pm
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(Associated Press)

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COLLEGE PARK -- Stefon Diggs began last season returning punts and kickoffs for Maryland, having proven during his freshman season in 2012 that he could be an electric threat on special teams.

But as the season wore on, even before Diggs' season-ending leg injury on Oct. 19 against Wake Forest, the bumps and the nicks and the bruises were piling up.

Head coach Randy Edsall made the decision to give more reps to freshman cornerback Will Likely in an attempt to limit the hits on Diggs.

During Wednesday's session with the media in College Park before his team's training camp practice, he was asked if any such concerns existed about spreading Diggs too thin by featuring him on special teams this season.

His answer was succinct, stern, and dry.

"Not at all."

So with no further doubts, Diggs has been and will continue to compete with Likely and redshirt freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs for the kick and punt return duties this training camp.

Diggs and Likely are the two most well-aligned to return punts, while Jacobs can be added to those two to make it a three-man race on kickoffs.

"The good thing is we got some really good options there to deal with, guys that can take the ball the distance in both phases," Edsall said.

"Again, I think there's going to be other things that come into play there ... So, you know, we'll see how it all plays out."

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