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COLLEGE PARK -- Before the start of the 2013 season, CSN asked Deon Long who he thought had the best wide receiving corps in the ACC.
"We're going to practice like we're the best. We're going to play like we're the best," Long said. "And I guess we'll see when we play Clemson."
Long and his running mate, Stefon Diggs, were never able to back those words up after both went down with season-ending injuries on Oct. 19, one week before the Tigers came to College Park. But now Long and Diggs are back, healthy, and in a new conference, ready to prove the same point they were kept from proving in 2013.
Long took his comments from last season a step further when asked on Monday at Maryland's media day.
"Over the summer, we've really jelled as a wide receiving corps as a whole, as a family," Long said. "So I definitely feel like we have the ability to be the best receiving corps in the Big Ten -- in the nation, actually."
If the string of injuries showed anything, to Long's point, this might be Maryland's deepest unit. Even with Nigel King transferring to Kansas, Long, Diggs, Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs, Amba Etta-Tawo, and Juwann Winfree are all options to catch passes. Levern Jacobs especially showed that in 2013, ending up as the team's leading receiver.