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#72 Joe Vellano
Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 285
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rexford, N.Y.
High School: Christian Brothers Academy
Experience: 3 Letters
A hard-nosed fifth-year defensive lineman who has molded himself into an All-American ... anchors the defensive line ... quick first step with a good motor ... emerged in the spring of 2010 and has since been atop the depth chart ... a two-time All-ACC performer (second team in 2010; first in 2011) ... a preseason All-America and consensus All-ACC selection ... a first team All-America pick by Athlon, second team by Lindy's and fourth team by Phil Steele ... a first team all-conference choice by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and USA Today ... played defensive tackle the last two seasons, but will play end in the new 3-4 scheme ... one of four team captains (also Andrew Gonnella, Davin Meggett and Kenny Tate) in 2011 ... also a captain for the 2012 season, along with Demetrius Hartsfield, C.J. Brown and Kevin Dorsey ... has started the last 25 games (tops on the team) at defensive tackle ... his 18.0 career tackles for loss ranks second on the team (20.0 - Demetrius Hartsfield) and his 7.5 sacks are first ... has five career double-digit tackle games.

As a Junior (2011): An All-American and a consensus first team All-ACC choice ... a second team Walter Camp All-American ... also a second team All-American by the Associated Press ... a first team all-league pick by ACSMA, Rivals.com, Phil Steele and College Football News ... a consensus preseason first team All-ACC selection ... a first-team pick by Athlon, Blue Ribbon and Sporting News ... a second-team choice by Lindy's and Phil Steele ... started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... led the FBS in tackles by a lineman (7.8 per game) ... that mark ranked 12th in the ACC and tied for 92nd in the country ... ranked t-5th in the ACC and t-68th nationally in fumble recoveries (0.17 pg) and 10th in the ACC in fumbles forced (0.17 pg) ... had four double-digit tackle games ... recovered two fumbles against Miami (9/5), including one that he ran in 30 yards for a touchdown to give Maryland a 20-14 lead just before halftime ... earned the defensive game ball from the coaching staff for his performance vs. Miami ... also had two tackles against the `Canes ... recorded three stops and one pass breakup against West Virginia (9/17) ... made a season-high nine tackles against Towson (10/1), including a game-high 2.5 tackles for loss as Maryland had 11 TFLs in the game ... also had 1.5 sacks ... earned the defensive game ball for his performance vs. Towson ... was named ACC defensive lineman of the week after his performance against Georgia Tech (10/8), when he made a career-high 20 tackles including 14 solo stops and a tackle for loss ... he became just the fifth defensive player in the nation to post 20 or more tackles, though he is the only lineman in the FBS to register more than 15 stops in a game in 2011 ... he is one of just six Maryland players to reach the 20-tackle plateau since 1990, including the only defensive lineman ... the last time a Maryland player made 20 tackles was Oct. 6, 2007, when Dave Philistin had 21 against Georgia Tech ... that 20-tackle effort ranks t-7th on the 2011 FBS single-game list and first among d-linemen ... nominated for defensive lineman of the week after recording a second straight game with double-digit tackles, recording 11 against Clemson (10/15), while also adding a pass breakup ... recorded three tackles against Florida State (10/22) ... posted 10 stops vs. BC (10/29), including five solos and one TFL ... made 10 tackles, including a tackle for loss, and forced a fumble against Virginia (11/5) ... it was his fifth career double-digit tackle game and fourth in the previous five games ... had eight tackles against Notre Dame (11/12) ... made six tackles, one for a loss, and had a pass breakup against Wake Forest (11/19) ... totaled eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against NC State (11/26).

As a Sophomore (2010): A second team All-ACC selection by ACSMA ... a third-team choice by Phil Steele ... started at defensive tackle in all 13 games ... led the team with five sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss ... ranked seventh on the team in tackles (63), tops among d-linemen ... his 4.9 tackle-per-game average was fourth in the ACC among defensive linemen ... tied for 15th in the ACC in sacks (0.38 per game) ... earned the James M. Tatum Award for the defensive lineman of the year at the season-ending banquet ... recorded season highs in tackles (10) and solo stops (5) in the season-opening win over Navy (9/6) ... also had career highs in tackles for loss (3.0) and sacks (2.0) vs. the Midshipmen ... had just one career tackle before that game ... earned ACC Defensive Lineman of Week for his play ... chipped in four tackles, including 1.5 TFL and 1.0 sacks, vs. Morgan State (9/11) ... had a pair of stops vs. WVU (9/18) and six tackles, including 1.5 TFL, vs. FIU (9/25) ... tied for third on the team with seven tackles against Duke (10/2), including 2.5 tackles for loss while matching his career high with 2.0 sacks ... also had a career-best two PBUs vs. the Blue Devils ... recorded five tackles against Clemson (10/16) ... in on four stops vs. BC (10/23) ... recorded three tackles against Wake Forest (10/30) ... had two solo stops and a blocked PAT vs. Miami (11/6) ... had eight tackles, including a half tackle for loss, vs. Virginia (11/13) ... posted six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, against NC State (11/27) ... had four tackles and the first forced fumble of his career vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2009): Played in five games as a reserve defensive tackle ... broke his right foot in preseason camp and missed the first six games of the season ... saw time vs. Virginia (10/17), Duke (10/24), NC State (11/7), Virginia Tech (11/14) and BC (11/28) ... assisted on a tackle vs. the Eagles.

As a Freshman (2008): Redshirt season ... originally signed with the Terps in 2007, but did not matriculate until January ... took part in spring practice.

At Christian Brothers Academy: A three-year letterwinner at defensive tackle ... second team all-state selection and Section II Player of the Year his senior year, when he was team captain ... ranked by SuperPrep as the No. 10 prospect in the state of New York ... recorded 68 tackles in 2006 and 78 in his junior year ... was first team all-section his junior year and second team all-section in his sophomore campaign ... also considered Boston College, Connecticut, and Penn State ... coached by Jim Smith.

Personal: Parents are Paul and Joney Vellano ... father was a first team Kodak AFCA All-American, as well as a second team choice by both UPI and AP in 1973 ... also a two-time All-ACC selection (1972-73) at defensive tackle for Maryland ... first father-son All-America combo at the same school in ACC history and one of four known in FBS (Florida - Lee and Travis McGriff; Georgia - Kevin and Drew Butler; Ole Miss - Archie and Eli Manning) ... brother, Paul, played football at Rhode Island (2006-09) and has been a player-coach the last three years for the Parma Panthers of the Italian Football League ... member of National Honor Society ... enjoys boating in his spare time ... a family science major.

Vellano's Career Statistics
DefenseG-GSUTATTTTFLSacksFCFRPBUInt
2009 5-00110.0-00.0-00000-0
2010 13-1324396310.5-425.0-291020-0
2011 12-125440947.5-222.5-152240-0
Career30-25788015818.0-647.5-443260-0

Career Highs
Tackles - 20 (vs. Georgia Tech, 10/8/11)
Solo Tackles - 14 (vs. Georgia Tech, 10/8/11)
TFL - 3.0 (vs. Navy, 9/6/10) Sacks - 2.0 (twice: vs. Duke, 10/2/10; vs. Navy, 9/6/10)
PBU - 2 (vs. Duke, 10/2/10)
Fumble Recoveries - 2 (vs. Miami, 9/5/11)
Fumbles Forced - 1 (three times: vs. NC State, 11/26/11; vs. Virginia, 11/5/11; vs. East Carolina, 12/29/10)


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