Diggs, Whitfield, Farrand named All-ACC honorable mentions

Diggs, Whitfield, Farrand named All-ACC honorable mentions
December 2, 2013, 3:30 pm
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He was brilliant to begin the season, but Stefon Diggs' sophomore campaign at Maryland was cut short after he broke his fibula in a Terrapins loss to Wake Forest in mid-October.

Despite that, only being able to play in seven games during the 2013 season, Diggs was named an All-ACC honorable mention, the conference announced on Monday.

No Maryland players made the All-ACC First, Second, or Third teams, but Diggs and linebackers Marcus Whitfield and Cole Farrand were named honorable mentions.

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For Diggs, this is the second time in two seasons that he has been mentioned in the release of the All-ACC teams. He was named to the All-ACC Second Team as a special teams player after the 2012 season.

Over the course of the seven games in which he was able to play, Diggs caught 34 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns. He had a career-high 179 yards and a touchdown in Maryland's Week 2 blowout win over Old Dominion.

As for Whitfield and Farrand, both have been anchors in an oft-injured Maryland linebacking corps this season.

Whitfield showed steady improvement over his first three years in College Park and blossomed in his senior year, finishing the regular season with nine sacks and 49 total tackles. He registered three sacks in Maryland's Week 3 win over Connecticut and for a time was tied for the nation's lead in that category.

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Farrand was praised as recently as this week by coach Randy Edsall for playing through bumps and bruises toward the end of this season. After missing time with shoulder and head injuries, Farrand has nine tackles in Maryland's win over NC State on Saturday.

"I can’t say enough about Cole Farrand’s toughness and grit and wanting to play for his team," Edsall said. "That guy is just a warrior. What he did in the Virginia Tech game and yesterday… my hat’s off to that kid ... He’s really sold it out for his teammates and for the program."

He finished the year with 83 total tackles, including a massive 22-tackle game in a loss to Clemson in late October.