Vellano named first team, Hartsfield and Diggs named second team
Vellano named first team, Hartsfield second team
Maryland has won five of the last six meetings
Maryland will hold its annual
Brandon Ross gained 100 yards on 16 carries for Maryland
An athletic, fifth-year linebacker who emerged as one of the team's top defenders in 2009 ... a three-year starter ... playmaker who earned 2009 freshman all-league honors and honorable mention All-ACC accolades last season... a preseason All-ACC selection ... a second team all-league pick by Athlon and Phil Steele ... moved from Will to Mike LB prior to the spring of 2011 to take over for three-year starter Alex Wujciak ... ranks first in the ACC on the active career tackles list (260) and fourth in tackles for loss (20.0) ... his 29 career starts rank first on the defense ... entered the spring atop the depth chart at Mo (inside linebacker) ... voted one of four team captains for the 2012 season, along with Joe Vellano, C.J. Brown and Kevin Dorsey.
As a Senior (2012): Seventh in the ACC in tackles per game (8.7) and is tied for third in the ACC with 0.22 fumble recoveries per game ... started nine games at linebacker ... led the team in tackles with 13, including five solo tackles, half a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery against William & Mary (9/1) ... finished with four tackles, including two solo tackles, one sack for 10 yards, one fumble recovery and an interception against Temple (9/8) ... received the defensive game ball for his effort against the Owls ... tied for the team lead in tackles with nine (five solo) vs. Connecticut (9/15) while helping hold the Huskies to 223 yards of total offense ... recorded seven solo tackles against West Virginia (9/22), including two tackles for loss and a sack ... led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo), including one sack vs. Wake Forest (10/6) ... also had one pass breakup ... helped limit Wake Forest to 241 total yards (71 rushing, 170 passing), including only 45 in the second half ... named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his play ... recorded eight tackles against Virginia (10/13), including five solo tackes ... recorded 13 tackles, including seven solo tackles and a tackle for loss, against NC State (10/20) ... tallied five tackles, 0.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss against Boston College (10/27) ... recorded nine tackles including six solo tackles against Georgia Tech (11/3) before suffering a season ending ACL tear.
As a Junior (2011): An honorable mention All-ACC choice by ACSMA ... third team all-conference pick by Phil Steele ... a preseason second team all-conference choice by Phil Steele ... started nine games, playing at Mike LB against Miami (9/5), Temple (9/24), Virginia (11/5), Notre Dame (11/12) and NC State (11/26), and at Will LB against West Virginia (9/17), Towson (10/1), Georgia Tech (10/8) and Wake Forest (11/19) ... led the team, ranked second in the ACC and fifth nationally with 12.0 tackles per game ... reached double-digit stops in seven of nine games ... led the team with 7.0 tackles for loss ... matched a then-career high with 13 tackles against Miami (9/5) ... recorded three stops against West Virginia (9/17) ... tallied a then-career-high 17 tackles (seven solo) and a sack against Temple (9/24) ... that marked the most tackles by a Maryland player since Alex Wujciak had 18 against Navy on 9/6/10 ... led the team with 14 tackles (seven solo) and chipped in two tackles for loss as Maryland had 11 as a team against Towson (10/1) ... recorded four tackles against Georgia Tech (10/8) before suffering an injury early in the third quarter that caused him to miss the remainder of the game ... reached 200 tackles in the game ... missed the Clemson (10/15), FSU (10/22) and Boston College (10/29) contests with an injury ... returned to action against Virginia (11/5) and tied for a game high with 12 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... had 13 tackles including nine unassisted stops against Notre Dame (11/12) ... made 12 solo tackles, a career-high, and had 14 total including 2.0 TFLs against Wake Forest (11/19) ... set a career high by making 18 tackles, seven of them unassisted, against NC State (11/26).
As a Sophomore (2010): Started all 13 games at Will linebacker ... ranked third on the team in tackles (88) ... also ranked 15th in the ACC in stops (6.7 per game) ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles for loss (6.5) ... set a then-career high with 12 tackles against Navy (9/6), including seven solo stops ... made the first interception of his career against Morgan State (9/11) and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown ... had eight stops against West Virginia (9/18), including one TFL, and recovered a fumble ... led the team with a career-high 13 tackles, including a 1/2 TFL, against FIU (9/25) ... had three tackles and a PBU vs. Duke (10/2) ... recorded four tackles against Clemson (10/16) ... started against Boston College (10/23) and had one stop and a pass breakup ... had three stops and a half of a TFL against Wake Forest (10/30) ... second on the team with nine stops, including a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss against Miami (11/6) ... made six tackles against Virginia (11/13) ... second on the team with eight tackles against Florida State (11/20), including half a sack ... posted seven tackles, including a 1/2 tackle for loss, against NC State (11/27) ... had a game and career-high tying 13 tackles, including a season-high tying 1.5 for a loss, vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29) ... a preseason All-ACC selection ... a fourth team all-league choice by Phil Steele's Preview.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2009): A freshman All-ACC selection by Rivals.com ... played in 10 games at Will LB, including seven starts ... missed two games with an injury ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles (64) ... ranked 21st in the ACC in stops (6.4 pg) ... third on the team in sacks (3.5) and tied for third in TFLs (6.5) ... ranked 15th in the league in sacks (0.35 pg) ... third on the team in tackles (7) against James Madison ... recorded five tackles and made one sack for 10 yards against MTSU, and also had a PBU ... second on the team in tackles against Rutgers (9/26) with nine ... led the team in tackles with 10 against Clemson (10/3), including eight solo stops, also a career-best ... made a career-high 2.5 TFLs against Clemson ... his sack of QB Kyle Parker with under 1:00 to play against Clemson forced a fumble, which he recovered, and preserved the 24-21 win ... voted ACC Freshman of the Week for his efforts vs. the Tigers ... also one of four players nominated for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award (UTEP RB Donald Buckram, Toledo QB Aaron Opelt and Notre Dame WR Golden Tate) ... received a helmet sticker on ESPN's College Football Final ... recorded five stops, including one sack, before suffering a broken left wrist against Wake Forest (10/10) ... tied for second on the team with seven stops against Virginia (10/17), while playing with a cast ... underwent surgery on his broken wrist the following day, causing him to miss the Duke (10/24) and NC State (11/7) games ... returned to action against Virginia Tech (11/14) in a reserve role, recording four stops ... also came off the bench against Florida State (11/21), recording two tackles and one TFL ... started and made a season-high 11 tackles against Boston College (11/28).
As a Freshman (2008): Redshirt season ... made the travel squad for all five road trips ... completed his high school curriculum a semester early and enrolled in January.
At Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School: A three-year starter who was rated No. 30 nationally among inside linebackers by Rivals.com as a senior ... also ranked as the 18th-best player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 52 nationally among weak-side linebackers by Scout.com ... an all-state performer as a senior when he racked up 132 tackles, including 12 for loss and eight sacks, as well as six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... also earned all-conference honors in 2007 ... an honorable mention all-state and all-conference choice as a junior ... posted 128 tackles, including 16 for loss and 10 sacks, with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) in 2006 ... also played basketball (center/forward) and participated in track (high jump, long jump, shot put, 200m) ... lettered three years in each sport ... also considered NC State, Duke and East Carolina ... coached by Daniel Finn.
Personal: Born in Raleigh, N.C. ... mother is Tracy Hartsfield ... a member of his high school's honor roll as a junior and senior ... graduated in May 2011 with a degree in criminology and criminal science.