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Stefon Diggs named to Biletnikoff Watch List, Deon Long snubbed

Maryland continues their strong preseason presence on award watch lists.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

In "news so completely expected my dog could have predicted it," junior Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award Watch List. The award is annually given to the nation's top wide receiver -- last year's winner was Oregon State's Brandin Cooks.

This comes on the heels of Diggs's nominations to the watch lists for the Maxwell (college football's most outstanding player) and Hornung (college football's most verstile player) awards for the second straight year. Diggs joins Maryland center Sal Conaboy, kicker Brad Craddock and outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil as Terrapins nominated for positional watch lists thus far this season.

In Diggs's two seasons with the Terps, he has caught 88 passes for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns. Nearly half of his first season was spent with a scout team linebacker playing quarterback, while nearly half of his second season was missed due to a horrific leg injury suffered against Wake Forest. He's on pace to break a number of Terrapin records (more on that later this week), but bringing in the award nominations is just fine for now, thanks.

Notably absent from the list is fellow star Maryland wide receiver Deon Long, a former four-/five-star recruit coming out of junior college who is expected to former one of the top receiving tandems in the nation with Diggs. In seven games last season, Long caught 32 passes for 489 yards and a touchdown. He also suffered a season-ending leg injury against Wake Forest.

The full list of nominees, from the award's official website:

Player School Year
Nelson Agholor University of Southern California Jr.
Dres Anderson University of Utah Sr.
Kenny Bell University of Nebraska Sr.
Tyler Boyd University of Pittsburgh So.
Da'Ron Brown Northern Illinois University Sr.
Rashon Ceaser University of Louisiana at Monroe Jr.
Sammie Coates Auburn University Jr.
Amari Cooper University of Alabama Sr.
Jamison Crowder Duke University Sr.
Titus Davis Central Michigan University Sr.
Geremy Davis University of Connecticut Sr.
Devante Davis University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sr.
Quinshad Davis University of North Carolina Jr.
Corey Davis Western Michigan University So.
Stefon Diggs University of Maryland Jr.
Devin Funchess University of Michigan Jr.
Antwan Goodley Baylor University Sr.
Jakeem Grant Texas Tech University Jr.
Deontay Greenberry University of Houston Jr.
Rashad Greene Florida State University Sr.
Rannell Hall University of Central Florida Sr.
Justin Hardy East Carolina University Sr.
Josh Harper California State University, Fresno Sr.
Chris Harper University of California Jr.
Nick Harwell University of Kansas Sr.
Rashard Higgins Colorado State University So.
Austin Hill University of Arizona Sr.
Christian Jones Northwestern University Sr.
Darius Joseph Southern Methodist University Jr.
Jameon Lewis Mississippi State University Sr.
Tyler Lockett Kansas State University Sr.
Matt Miller Boise State University Sr.
Ty Montgomery Stanford University Sr.
Richard Mullaney Oregon State University Jr.
Jamarcus Nelson University of Alabama at Birmingham Sr.
Levi Norwood Baylor University Sr.
DeVante Parker University of Louisville Sr.
Breshad Perriman University of Central Florida Jr.
Jamal Robinson University of Louisiana at Lafayette Sr.
Ezell Ruffin San Diego State University Sr.
Dominic Rufran University of Wyoming Sr.
Wes Saxton University of South Alabama Jr.
Jaxon Shipley University of Texas Sr.
Tommy Shuler Marshall University Sr.
Devin Smith Ohio State University Jr.
Shavarez Smith University of South Alabama Jr.
Daniel Spencer University of Houston Sr.
Jaelen Strong Arizona State University Jr.
Jordan Taylor Rice University Sr.
Laquon Treadwell University of Mississippi So.
Richy Turner University of Nevada Sr.
Shaq Washington University of Cincinnati Sr.
Jordan Williams Ball State University Jr.
Tyler Winston San Jose State University So.
Shane Wynn Indiana University Sr.