Nov. 26, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano headlined a list of five Terrapins that received All-ACC honors, announced by the league on Monday.
Vellano was a first-team selection for the second straight year, while linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield earned second-team honors. Hartsfield earned honorable mention last season. Stefon Diggs (specialist), A.J. Francis (defensive line) and Kenneth Tate (linebacker) received honorable mention.
Despite playing with lingering injuries for much of the season, Vellano managed to make 61 tackles, 14.0 for a loss, and six sacks. The senior ranked fourth in the league with 1.17 TFLs per game and seventh with 0.50 sacks per game.
Hartsfield was eighth in the league with 8.7 tackles per game, and tied for the team lead with 78 total tackles despite missing the final three games.
Diggs racked up 1,896 all-purpose yards, the second most in a single season in school history, and had two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Francis had 43 tackles on the year, including nine for a loss and four sacks. He also had three fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. Tate missed the first three games of the year but came back to record 42 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and four sacks. The senior was also a first team selection in 2010.