Diggs named team MVP; Drakeford named top defensive player
Vellano named first team, Hartsfield and Diggs named second team
Maryland has won five of the last six meetings
Maryland will hold its annual
Maryland to play its second top-10 opponent of the season
A speedy, athletic fourth-year player ... a sure-tackling linebacker who was one of the starters on the outside last season ... atop the depth chart at Will LB in the spring ... a preseason All-ACC selection ... fourth team all-conference pick by Phil Steele ... moved from Sam linebacker to Will in the spring of 2011 ... played the Star position as well in 2011 ... also a solid special teams performer ... has played in 32 career games.
As a Senior (2012): Tied for eigth in the ACC with 0.55 sacks per game and is tied for sixth in the ACC with two forced fumbles ... started against William & Mary (9/1) and finished with six tackles, including one solo tackle, half a sack, a pass break-up,and one-and-a-half tackles for loss ... started against Temple (9/8) and recorded five tackles including four solo stops ... started at outside linebacker vs. Connecticut (9/15) and amassed eight tackles (six solo), one sack and a forced fumble ... helped hold the Huskies to 223 yards of total offense ... started against West Virginia (9/22) and finished with three tackles, including two solo tackles ... started at outside linebacker vs. Wake Forest (10/6) totaling two tackles and one sack ... helped limit Wake Forest to 241 total yards (71 rushing, 170 passing), including only 45 in the second half...recorded 7 total tackles, including five solo tackles, a forced fumble, and career highs with two sacks and three tackles for loss against Virginia (10/13) ... recorded 13 total tackles, including seven solo tackles and 1.5 sacks, in a start against NC State (10/22) ... started against Boston College (10/27) but didn't record a tackle ... started against Georgia Tech (11/3) and recorded seven tackles, including three solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss... recorded one tackle against Clemson (11/10)... recorded four tackles including two solo tackles against Florida State (11/17) ... missed the North Carolina (11/24) game with a head injury.
As a Junior (2011): Started eight games and missed four due to an injury ... had a team-high four forced fumbles, which was tied for most by a Terp in one season since 1987 (Kenny Tate four in 2010) ... his 0.50 forced fumbles per game average would have ranked t-4th in the FBS, but he did not play in 75 percent of the games ... averaged 8.5 stops in his eight contests, a mark would have ranked seventh in the ACC with enough games played ... made the first start of his career against Miami (9/5) and responded with a career-high 14 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a sack and a forced fumble ... missed the West Virginia (9/17) game with an injury ... returned to action against Temple (9/24), starting at Will and recording three tackles ... missed games against Towson (10/1), Georgia Tech (10/8) and Clemson (10/15) with an injury ... returned to a starting role against Florida State (10/22) and had six unassisted tackles ... tied for a team high with 11 tackles (five unassisted) and also forced a fumble against Boston College (10/29) ... had 11 tackles, seven of them unassisted, as well as his first career interception, a forced fumble and a TFL against Virginia (11/5) ... recorded seven tackles, including one for a loss, against Notre Dame (11/12) ... had five tackles against Wake Forest (11/19) ... made 11 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered one against NC State (11/26).
As a Sophomore (2010): Played in 12 of 13 games as a reserve linebacker and special-teams player ... his 5.5 tackles for loss on the season tied for fifth on the team ... his 36 tackles ranked 10th on the team and were the most by a non-starter ... tied for second on the squad in special teams tackles (12) ... had four tackles (all solo), including a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss, vs. WVU (9/18) ... had his first career sack and forced fumble when he knocked the ball free from Geno Smith in the second quarter ... missed the FIU game (9/25) with an injury ... returned to action against Duke and had four tackles ... posted two stops, including one tackle for loss, against Clemson (10/16) ... made one tackle against Boston College (10/23) ... had four tackles against Wake Forest (10/30) ... contributed three solo stops, including a tackle for loss, against Miami (11/6) ... had a season-high five tackles against Virginia (11/13) ... had four tackles against Florida State (11/20) ... posted two solo tackles and his first career pass breakup against NC State (11/27) ... had three tackles and a pass breakup vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29) ... earned Iron Terp status for the first time in spring testing ... posted the second-best strength index (675) among linebackers ... had the top power clean (345) among linebackers and ranked second in the squat, 40-yard dash and vertical jump.
At Theodore Roosevelt High School: One of the top local players and among the best linebackers in the nation as a senior ... ranked No. 41 nationally among outside linebackers by Scout, Inc. ... also ranked 41st nationally among weakside LBs by Scout.com and No. 77 among outside backers by Rivals.com ... a two-time All-Met selection (first team TE as a senior; second team DL as a junior) ... a four-time All-DCIAA choice ... as a senior, posted 124 tackles, including 14 sacks, and four forced fumbles ... also rushed the ball 24 times for 358 yards, caught nine passes for 229 yards and scored 13 TDs in 2008 ... had 94 tackles, including a school-record 22 sacks, eight caused fumbles and one interception as a junior ... also participated in basketball and track for the Rough Riders ... earned MVP honors for the 2008 city title basketball game ... also considered Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Illinois, Boston College and Duke ... coached by Daryl Tilghman
Personal: Born in Washington, D.C. ... mother is Aretha Alexander ... nickname is Drake ... an American studies major.