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
Maryland visits Wake Forest Saturday at 3 p.m.
Terps and Demon Deacons will play at 3 p.m. in BB&T Field; Game will be shown on Regional Sports Networks (RSN)
Maryland plays final three games away from home, though Saturday's Notre Dame contest will be held at FedExField
A tremendous athlete who was one of the team's top cornerbacks his last two seasons ... one of the team's fastest DBs during his tenure ... possesses good ball skills and quickness ... also played on special teams ... played in each of the last 37 games of his career with 16 starts ... his 10 career pass breakups ranked second on the team (16 by Cameron Chism) among active players at the end of 2011.
As a Senior (2011): Played in all 12 games at cornerback with starts in the last three ... played mostly on special teams in the beginning of the year ... earned the A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship at the end-of-season banquet ... made one tackle in five of the first six games ... had three tackles against Florida State (10/22) ... made five tackles, including four solo stops, against Virginia (11/5) ... moved into a starting role against Notre Dame (11/12) and had a season-high six stops ... also started against Wake Forest (11/19) and made four solo tackles ... again had four solo stops vs. NC State (11/26).
As a Junior (2010): Started at cornerback in all 13 games ... posted a team-high nine pass breakups ... ranked tied for 11th in the ACC in passes defended (0.77 per game) ... ranked ninth on the team in tackles (39) and seventh in solo stops (28) ... had two solo stops against West Virginia (9/18) ... intercepted FIU QB Wesley Carroll on Maryland's goal line in the fourth quarter, the first pick of his career ... also had three tackles and a pass breakup against the Panthers ... posted five tackles against Duke (10/2), and also had a PBU ... had three solo tackles against Clemson and broke up a pass in the end zone (10/16) ... recorded three solo stops against Boston College (10/23) and broke up a pass ... recorded two solo stops against Wake Forest (10/30) ... had three stops against Miami (11/6) and Virginia (11/13) ... made two tackles, including 1/2 sack, against Florida State (11/20) ... set career highs in tackles (7), solo tackles (5) and pass breakups (3), while also forcing a fumble against NC State (11/27) ... had five tackles and two PBUs vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29) ... posted the 13th-best strength index on team in spring testing.
As a Sophomore (2009): Saw action in all 12 games, mostly on special teams ... made his first career tackle against California (9/5) ... had season highs in tackles (3) and solo stops (2) against MTSU (9/19) ... played in 21 defensive snaps vs. the Blue Raiders ... also played cornerback vs. Rutgers (9/26) and Duke (10/24) ... made two stops against NC State (11/7) and Virginia Tech (11/14) ... played in a season-high 34 snaps vs. the Hokies ... posted the 11th-highest strength index on the team in spring testing. As a Redshirt Freshman (2008): Played in four games as a special teams performer ... saw action vs. Middle Tennessee State (9/6), California (9/13), Wake Forest (10/18) and Virginia Tech (11/6).
As a Freshman (2007): Redshirt season.
At Kempsville High School: A four-year letterwinner who demonstrated excellence at many positions on both sides of the ball ... an All-Hampton Roads, All-Peninsula District, All-Gameday first team selection his senior year at the WR, DB and LB positions ... also named second-team all-region that year, in which he had 40 carries for 523 yards and four touchdowns ... grabbed two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and also scored a TD on a punt return ... on the defensive side, made 38 tackles with four coming for a loss ... his junior year, was an All-Peninsula District selection at WR and LB, after notching 60 tackles, including two sacks, two interceptions, eight pass breakups ... also starred all four years for the track team ... part of AAU national champion 4x100 relay team ... also considered Tennessee, South Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Syracuse ... coached by Jeff McGowan.
Personal: Parents are Tony and Gwen Hughes ... active in his church and assists his father coaching Pop Warner football ... member of the honor roll in high school ... graduated in May, 2011 with a bachelor's degree in family science.
Career HighsTackles - 7 (vs. NC State, 11/27/10)
Solo Tackles - 5 (vs. NC State, 11/27/10)
TFL - 0.5 (vs. FSU, 11/20/10)
PBU - 3 (vs. NC State, 11/27/10)
Kickoff Returns - 2 (vs. Clemson, 10/16/10)
Kickoff Return Yards - 38 (vs. Clemson, 10/16/10)
Long Kickoff Return - 19 yards (vs. Duke, 10/2/10)