Just a few weeks ago, University of Maryland Athletics fully moved into the Big Ten conference. This includes every sport on the University’s docket including the football team. Football has arguably the steepest battle as they transition from the weak ACC to one of the premier conferences in America. Despite going a mediocre 7-6, talent remains on the Maryland Terrapins roster during their inaugural season.
Three players, Stefon Diggs, Brad Craddock, and Sal Conaboy, were each named to an NCAA’s fall watch list. Diggs, the biggest name of the group, is returning from a broken tibia that forced him to miss the last six games of the season. The do-it-all receiver was one of 76 players named to the Maxwell Award watch list; the award given to college football’s player of the year. The Maryland native has shined throughout his career as a Terrapin and will look to regain his prior form during his junior season.
Next, Conaboy was named to the Remington Trophy watch this for the top center in all of college football. Maryland has a past history of producing top lineman and Conaboy is the expected to be the next great Terp big man. Through his first three seasons, Conaboy has played in 27 games, starting 22 of them.
Last but not least, junior kicker Brad Craddock was announced as a member of the 2014 Lou Groza Award. In 2013, Craddock was a semi-finalist for the award given to the nation’s top kicker after converting on 21-25 field goals.
The Terrapins will need each of these three players best efforts in 2014 as the team hopes to make an impact in their first season as a member of the Big Ten Conference.