Terps lose wide receiver Nigel King to transfer

Terps lose wide receiver Nigel King to transfer
August 1, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

For most teams, losing last season's leader in receiving touchdowns would be a big deal.

But it's not that big a deal for Maryland.

It was reported Friday that Nigel King, who led the Terps with four touchdown catches last year, would be transferring. King caught 33 passes for 450 yards and those four touchdowns a season ago.

But, because of a slew of injuries last year, King wasn't even expected to play much of a role in 2013. And this season, he wasn't even expected to top the depth chart.

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You see, Maryland wideouts Stefon Diggs and Deon Long are supposed to make for one of the nation's top pass-catching tandems this season, but they missed the last half of last season with injuries, opening the door for King to lead the team in touchdowns. Now healthy, Diggs and Long are back and figure to catch a heck of a lot more than four touchdowns apiece from quarterback C.J. Brown.

“I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the rest of the athletic department staff for their support during my time at the University of Maryland,” King said in a statement, published by the Baltimore Sun. “I was able to fulfill my goals of playing college football and, most importantly, earning my degree.

"After talking with my family, I think it is in my best to pursue a new opportunity. I wish all my teammates and coaches the very best this upcoming season.”

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Due to his already graduating, King will likely be able to play immediately wherever he decides to transfer.

“I am appreciative of everything Nigel was able to accomplish at the University of Maryland and very proud that he earned his degree,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”