Diggs named team MVP; Drakeford named top defensive player
Vellano named first team, Hartsfield and Diggs named second team
Vellano named first team, Hartsfield second team
North Carolina 45, Maryland 38
Maryland to play its second top-10 opponent of the season
A talented fifth-year player who started on the interior of the defensive line in 2009-10 ... a durable performer who has played in each of the last 37 games ... has 23 career starts ... a 2009 freshman All-American ... a three-time Academic All-ACC choice
As a Senior (2012): Second in the ACC in fumbles recovered (0.25/game) ... started all 12 games at defensive end ... finished with five tackles including half a sack in start against William & Mary (9/1) ... started and recorded an assisted sack and recovered a fumble against Temple (9/8) ... his blocked field goal with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter helped preserve the win over the Owls ... earned the special teams game ball for his effort against the Owls ... led the defensive line with six tackles (three solo) vs. Connecticut (9/15) ... helped hold the Huskies to 223 yards of total offense ... recorded four tackles against West Virginia (9/22), including two solo tackles and two tackles for a loss ... also recorded a sack for a loss of 12 yards ... totaled two tackles (one solo) and one pass breakup vs. Wake Forest (10/6), while helping limit the Demon Deacons to 241 total yards (71 rushing, 170 passing), including only 45 in the second half ... recorded one solo tackle against Virginia (10/12) ... also recovered one fumble and blocked a field goal attempt ... recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles, and two break ups against NC State (10/20) ... recorded four solo tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss, as well as recovered a fumble against Boston College (10/27) ... recorded a career high five solo, six total tackles, half a tackle for loss and blocked an extra point against Georgia Tech (11/3)... recorded five tackles including two solo tackles against Clemson (11/10) ... recorded one tackle against Florida State (11/17) ... recorded three solo tackles against North Carolina (11/24) including a tackle for loss.
As a Junior (2011): Played in all 12 games with four starts at defensive tackle ... earned Academic All-ACC honors for the third straight season ... a preseason third team All-ACC choice by Phil Steele ... recorded a pair of tackles against Miami (9/5) ... had one stop against West Virginia (9/17) ... in on one assisted tackle against Temple (9/24) ... didn't record a tackle but recovered a fumble against Towson (10/1) ... had his best game of the season against Georgia Tech (10/8), finishing second on the team with a season-high nine tackles ... also had a pass breakup against the Yellow Jackets ... recorded four tackles against Clemson (10/15) ... returned to a starting role against Florida State (10/22) and had four tackles, including his first sack of the season ... came off the bench to play against Boston College (10/29) but didn't have a tackle ... in on one assisted tackle against Virginia (11/5) ... had four tackles and one TFL in a start against Notre Dame (11/12) ... made five tackles including one sack against NC State (11/26).
As a Redshirt Freshman (2009): An honorable mention freshman All-America choice from College Football News ... freshman All-ACC choice from Sporting News ... also an Academic All-ACC choice ... played in all 12 games at nose tackle, starting 10 ... his 31 tackles were tops among Maryland defensive linemen ... made one tackle in his first game against California (9/5) ... recorded a season-high five tackles against James Madison (9/12) ... blocked a PAT against MTSU (9/19) ... posted his first career sack against Rutgers (9/26), dropping the QB for a loss of eight ... also forced a fumble for the first time in his career against the Scarlet Knights ... tallied four stops against Clemson (10/3), as well as his first career pass breakup ... had three stops vs. Duke (10/24) and NC State (11/7) ... had three tackles vs. NC State (11/7) and graded as the top defensive lineman, along with Isaiah Ross ... had four stops against Virginia Tech (11/14) ... recorded one stop against Florida State (11/21) and Boston College (11/28).
As a Freshman (2008): Redshirt season ... made the travel squad for the first four road games.
At Gonzaga College [D.C.] High School: One of the top players in the District of Columbia as a senior ... a three-year starter at defensive tackle and a two-year starter at offensive tackle ... the No. 4-ranked player in Washington D.C. by Rivals.com as a senior when he posted 61 tackles, including 26 for loss and 4.5 sacks ... also had 71 pancake blocks ... rated No. 68 nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals.com ... labeled a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... also ranked No. 82 nationally among offensive guards by Scouts.com ... a 2007 first-team All-WCAC selection along the defensive line ... also named first-team All-Met and first-team All-Pigskin Club ... played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... an honorable mention All-Met choice as a junior when he racked up 71 tackles, including 4.5 sacks ... also had 60 pancakes blocks as an offensive tackle ... also considered Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State Virginia and BC ... coached by Kenny Lucas (first three years) and Joe Reyda (senior year).
Personal: Born in Washington, D.C. ... full name is Anthony Joseph Francis ... parents are Michael and Carrie Francis ... has one younger sister, Julia ... enjoys writing poetry and music ... took part in the high school's spring musical each year ... volunteered with S.O.M.E (So Others May Eat), which fed homeless people in Washington, D.C. ... had a long commute during high school, traveling nearly 30 miles one way ... recipient of the LeFrak Scholarship ... earned his degree in government and politics in Dec. 2011.