Back injury means Deon Long is "week-to-week"

Back injury means Deon Long is "week-to-week"
August 9, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Diggs becoming leader in 2nd season with Terps

Maryland wide receiver Deon Long is listed as "week-to-week" as the team continues to evaluate a lingering back injury, head coach Randy Edsall said at practice Friday afternoon.

Without Long on the field, starter C.J. Brown and the backup quarterbacks threw to All-American Stefon Diggs, along with Nigel King and Amba Etta.

"[Long] will stay involved in meetings and things like that and I'm sure he'll be back out here as soon as he can," Brown told CSN on Friday. "Just taking mental reps and that's the biggest thing."

Long, who comes to Maryland after playing one season at Iowa Western, is expected to be a second option for the Terps to slot alongside Diggs in what is proving to be a talented receiving corps in College Park.

Long had a massive 2012 season at Iowa Western, racking up 1625 yard and 25 touchdowns and was regarded as one of the best junior college prospects in the country.

"That's huge," Brown continued. "When you have a playmaker like Stefon and now you've got to worry about Deon one-on-one. We've got three good guys who can all make plays and go up and get the ball, so we'll see how defenses will play it this year."

Before heading to Iowa Western, Long played one season at New Mexico and caught 47 passes for 809 yards and four touchdowns.

During that season, he played under then-head coach Mike Locksley, who is now Maryland's offensive coordinator.

Full practice notes and news from Friday are forthcoming from CSN.