Vellano and Gonnella take home the hardware
Terps and Wolfpack set to meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Game to be shown regionally on ACC Network
Terps and Demon Deacons will play at 3 p.m. in BB&T Field; Game will be shown on Regional Sports Networks (RSN)
Show airs at 7 p.m. before a live audience at the Looney's in College Park
Maryland and Virginia will play at 12:30 p.m. in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium; Seniors to be honored prior to kickoff
A three-year starter at long snapper ... rated among the top long snappers in the nation in high school ... played in all 37 games his final three seasons.
As a Senior (2011): Played in all 12 games as the No. 1 long snapper ... handled the snaps for punt, field goal and PAT ... part of the nation's longest active streak without a punt blocked ... streak, which began vs. Florida State (11/13/99) was snapped against Temple (9/24) when Nick Ferrara's punt was blocked ... given the Alvin L. Aubinoe Award as the team's unsung hero at the end-of-season banquet.
As a Junior (2010): Played in 13 games as the long snapper ... handled the snaps for punt, field goal and PAT ... no punts or PATs were blocked ... had six tackles on the season ... had a career-best two tackles vs. FIU (9/25) ... had one stop vs. Duke (10/2) and Clemson (10/16) ... tied a career high with two tackles vs. Virginia (11/13).
As a Sophomore (2009): Played in all 12 games as the long snapper ... handled the snaps for punt, field goal and PAT ... no punts or PATs were blocked, and just two field goals ... had one tackle vs. James Madison (9/12).
As a Redshirt Freshman (2008): Did not see game action, but traveled to all the road games as a reserve long snapper.
As a Freshman (2007): Redshirt season.
At Derry Area High School: A three-year letterwinner in football ... Keystone Conference All-Star in 2006 ... rated No. 6 long snapper in the country by Ray Guy as a senior ... also lettered one year each in baseball and track & field ... Derry Area Scholar Athlete Award winner ... made the honor roll every grading period in four years ... coached by Ron Polinsky.
Personal: Born in Latrobe, Pa. ... parents are Roger and Tracey Downs ... has two older brothers, Tony and Ben ... Ben played baseball at The College of Wooster (Ohio) ... graduated in December, 2011 with a bachelor's degree in history.