Eleven current football players took part in this week's University graduation ceremonies
Vellano and Gonnella take home the hardware
Maryland will wear black helmets, white jerseys and gold pants for Saturday's season finale at NC State
Terps and Wolfpack set to meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Game to be shown regionally on ACC Network
Terps gearing up to face Wake Forest on Saturday
A physical, five-year player who can play either guard position ... a three-year starter at guard (right in 2009; left in 2010 and 2011) ... a former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2009 season ... has played in 30 career games with 26 starts (left guard - 18; right guard - 8) ... one of four team captains (also Davin Meggett, Kenny Tate and Joe Vellano) for the 2011 season.
As a Senior (2011): Started the first five games at left guard before suffering a knee injury against Georgia Tech (10/8) that ended his season ... the only senior on the offensive line ... helped the offense rank third in the ACC in rushing (169.3 yards per game) and fourth in fewest sacks allowed (1.4 pg) ... earned the George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest GPA at the end-of-season banquet ... also secured the C.P. "Lefty" McIntosh Public Service Award ... helped hold Miami and West Virginia without a sack, the first time Maryland held an opponent without one in back-to-back games since 2000 ... helped the offense put up 499 yards of total offense against Miami, the Terps' largest output since 2005 ... part of a line that helped Davin Meggett rush for a career-high 113 yards against West Virginia (9/17), as the Terps put up 189 rushing yards on 35 carries (5.4 ypc) as a team ... helped the team run for 198 yards against Towson (10/1), including 102 by Davin Meggett, while holding the Tigers without a sack.
As a Junior (2010): Started at left guard in all 13 games for an offense which ranked 29th in the FBS in scoring (32.2 ppg) and tied for fifth nationally in fewest turnovers (15) ... only player to start every game at the same position on the offensive line on the season ... part of the line that helped the Terps run for 261 yards as a team against Navy (9/6), the most in a game since they had 271 vs. Delaware in 2008 ... average of 7.7 ypr in the game was the highest since posting 7.9 ypr against North Carolina on 11/2/02 ... helped the Terps post their second consecutive 200-yard rushing game with 221 against Morgan State (9/11), marking the first time Maryland had back-to-back 200-yard rushing games since 2007 ... battled through a high ankle sprain against FIU (9/25), helping the Terps tally 419 yards of total offense, while surrendering just one sack to a team that entered the game 12th in the nation in that category ... graded out as the team's top o-lineman vs. FIU and nominated for ACC Lineman of the Week ... also graded as the top lineman vs. Duke (10/2) ... part of a line that helped Danny O'Brien throw for 302 yards against Clemson (10/16) ... graded out as the team's top o-lineman vs. the Tigers ... part of the line that held Wake Forest (10/30) without a sack while the offense racked up 446 yards of total offense, including a 261 on the ground ... helped Maryland gain 425 yards of total offense, including 136 on the ground, without surrendering a sack against Virginia (11/13) ... helped the line post 163 yards rushing and 269 yards passing against Florida State (11/20), marking the third time in four games the Terps posted 400 yards of total offense ... allowed Danny O'Brien to throw for a career-high 417 yards and four TDs against NC State (11/27), becoming the first Terp to throw for 400 in a game since 1993 ... helped an offense roll up season highs in total yards (478) and rushing yards (297), and score a bowl-record 51 points vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29).
As a Sophomore (2009): Played in 11 of 12 games, with eight starts at right guard ... also played on PAT/FG ... made his first career start in the season opener at California (9/5) ... also started vs. James Madison (9/12), MTSU (9/19), Clemson (10/3), Wake Forest (10/10), NC State (11/7) and Florida State (11/21) ... part of the unit that gained a season-high 446 yards of total offense and 158 yards rushing vs. MTSU ... part of a line that helped Chris Turner pass for 307 yards and three TDs against Wake Forest (10/10) ... part of the offensive line that helped Maryland gain a season-high 196 rushing yards and give up just one sack against Florida State (11/21).
As a Redshirt Freshman (2008): Played in one game as a reserve along the offensive line ... saw action at guard vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... earned offensive scout team player of the week for his work leading up to the Cal game (9/13).
As a Freshman (2007): Redshirt season.
At Monroe-Woodberry High School: Played on the 2005 NYS Class AA state champions and played in another state title game ... a second team section-nine selection in 2006 ... standout student, graduating with a 4.04 GPA ... received advanced regions diploma ... coached by Pat D'Aliso.
Personal: Born in New York, N.Y. ... father is Alfonso Gonnella ... has one younger brother, Alfonso ... nephew of former Maryland consensus All-America offensive tackle J.D. Maarleveld, who played two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ... worked with his father in real estate in the summer, as well as his pool company ... graduated in December, 2011 with a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice.