Scouting Maryland: trouble spots for the Tigers

Stefon Diggs one of ACC top young playmakers; Joe Vellano anchors defense

Maryland's Stefon Diggs leaps for a touchdown against Connecticut (AP Photo)

Maryland's Stefon Diggs leaps for a touchdown against Connecticut (AP Photo)

Scouting Maryland: trouble spots for the Tigers

QBs Shawn Petty & Brian McMahon: Both are unknowns, having been playing at other positions until last week. Both were accomplished high school quarterbacks. Petty completed 9 of 18 passes for 118 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception against Georgia Tech.

DL Joe Vellano: A strong contender for ACC defensive player of the year honors, Vellano has been a terror to block this season. He leads the league in tackles for loss with 14 and ranks fifth in sacks with six.

DL A.J. Francis: A seasoned senior, he's stout against the run and leads the ACC in fumble recoveries with three.

LB Darin Drakeford: He earned Maryland's defensive player of the game honor against Virginia, has 9.5 tackles for loss, and ranks third in the ACC in sacks.

WR-KR Stefon Diggs: Last year's post-signing day surprise has lived up to his billing and has already established himself as one of the ACC's most dynamic playmakers. He caught 11 passes for 152 yards last week against BC, and ranks fourth in the league in receiving yards per game. He caught five of Maryland's nine completed passes against Georgia Tech. He's already been honored as an ACC player of the week four times.

RB Wes Brown: While Maryland's rushing attack has been nothing to write home about, Brown has been with the ball when he's had room to run. He has the Terps' lone 100-yard rushing game this season, and is averaging nearly 50 yards per game.

TE Matt Furstenburg: He ranks third in the ACC in receptions among tight ends with 14.

DB Jeremiah Johnson: He's averaging one PBU per game.

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