The Washington Times - November 20, 2012, 03:09PM

Stefon Diggs leads Maryland in receptions. And receiving yards. And touchdowns.

His immediate impact and impressive athleticism lived up to the hype that accompanied his signing with the Terrapins in February, with perhaps a little left to spare.

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There can be few arguments Diggs didn’t exceed even the lofty expectations some had for him. And Diggs isn’t about to make one himself.

“It didn’t go as planned,” the freshman said Tuesday. “I didn’t know I was going to do this well. I knew I was going to make a lot of progress as I was transitioning throughout the season and I felt like if I had a good understanding of the game.”

With a game to go, Diggs is ranked fifth on Maryland’s single-season list for all-purpose yards (1,648), with a realistic chance of rising as high as second. He’s also 10th on the single-season receiving list (766 yards) and and needs 125 yards Saturday at North Carolina to crack the top five.

There will be little question Diggs will begin next season as one of the faces of Maryland’s program, and he plans to be ready for his second year in College Park.

“Next season I’m going to come out strong, stronger than I did this year,” Diggs said. “Mainly focus on speed and strength and work on my overall game.”

Chances are, he won’t surprise anyone next season, especially after his immediate production since arriving over the summer.

“I thought it was going to be more of a learning process,” Diggs said. “I didn’t know I was going to do as well. I just knew I was going to have to work hard for what I wanted.”

Patrick Stevens