With the NFL season only weeks away, the Washington Redskins concluded training camp on Sunday. One of the players in attendance was Surry County High School’s own, Reggie Diggs. Diggs is a graduate of Surry High School, as well as a graduate of the University of Richmond. He was recruited to the Redskins on an undrafted free agent contract in May.
“It’s been a learning experience,” Diggs said after Saturday’s practice. “I’ve just been focusing on trying to get healthy so I can get back on the field.”
Diggs did not participate in the practices at Bon Secours during the weekend due to an injury. He is a wide receiver for the team, it was his position when he played with the Richmond Spiders.
“Growing up, I was a basketball player,” Diggs said. “As the years went on I started playing football so my love grew for football and I had a lot of support from my family and friends. The whole Surry County supported me so I kind of stuck with football and went with it.”
Diggs played basketball for Surry County High School, as well as football. He also ran track and field. Some of his high school accomplishments include winning the district title in the long jump. He also earned all-district and all-region honors in basketball and was named the regional tournament player of the year.
As a football player, he earned the first team all-district as both a wide receiver and a defensive back, and he earned the second team all-region selection as a wide receiver. He was recruited to the University of Richmond in 2012 as a freshman. That year he played in 10 games, and totaled 10 receptions for a total of 104 yards that season.
As a sophomore at UR he made appearances in 12 games, two of which were starts and he totaled 380 total yard that year with 30 receptions, one of which was for touchdown. Against opponents Towson and Albany he totaled over 40 yards in those games.
As a junior he earned All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) honors, and totaled 85 receptions with over 1500 yards. He also made seven touchdown catches and led the team that year. He also ranked third of all time in yardage for the Spiders. By his senior year, he managed earn team captain before he graduated and was selected to play for the Redskins as a new recruit.
“My goal is to make the 53-man roster,” Diggs said. “Obviously I need to get healthy so if I can get healthy, I’ll be able to show people what I can do.” The Redskins play their next preseason game on Friday against the New York Jets, and will begin the regular season on September 12 in a Monday night match against Pittsburgh.
“When you get your playbook, you have to know you’re playbook inside out and study it,” Diggs said. “You also have meetings as well as playing on the field, it’s all football. I just love making plays and scoring touchdowns."