Eleven current football players took part in this week's University graduation ceremonies
Vellano and Gonnella take home the hardware
Terps play NC State Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Raleigh
Terps and Wolfpack set to meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Game to be shown regionally on ACC Network
Terps and Demon Deacons will play at 3 p.m. in BB&T Field; Game will be shown on Regional Sports Networks (RSN)
A hard-nosed, five-year player who added depth to the defensive backfield ... a reserve safety and solid special-teams performer ... played in 47 career games.
As a Senior (2011): Played in all 12 games as a reserve safety and special-teams standout ... earned the Terps' Special Teams Performer of the Year award at the end-of-season banquet ... tied for third on the team in special-teams tackles (five) ... had a solo tackle and forced a fumble vs. Towson (10/1) ... recovered a fumble vs. Clemson (10/15).
As a Junior (2010): Played in all 13 games as a reserve strong safety ... a key special-teams performer ... had a team-high 13 special-teams tackles, including 11 on kickoff coverage ... had a career-high four tackles vs. Morgan State (9/11) ... posted a career-best two solo stops vs. BC (10/23) ... had his first career sack vs. Wake Forest (10/30) ... added a sack for a loss of 13 yards vs. East Carolina (12/29).
As a Sophomore (2009): Played in 11 games, mostly on special teams ... also saw limited time at safety ... tied for fifth on the team in special teams tackles with five ... missed the Virginia Tech game (11/14) with an injury.
As a Redshirt Freshman (2008): Played in 11 games as a reserve safety and special teams performer ... registered one tackle on the season, posting a solo stop vs. NC State (10/25).
As a Freshman (2007): Redshirt season.
At Langley High School: A solid multi-sport performer ... finished third on the team with 93 tackles as a senior ... had four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, one forced fumble and a blocked kick en route to 2006 first-team Liberty District honors ... also lettered in track as senior for the Liberty District champions, earning first-team all-district honors in the shot put ... also ran on the 4x100 team ... won a department award in physical education as a senior ... coached by John Howerton.
Personal: Born in Arlington, Va. ... parents are Rick `Doc' and Carol Walker ... full name is Richard Austin Walker ... has two brothers, Alex, 20, and Aaron, 16 ... Alex is also a member of the football team ... father starred at UCLA from 1974-77 before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals ... also started at tight end from 1980-85 for the Washington Redskins, playing for the 1982 Super Bowl championship team ... father is a sports-talk radio host for ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. ... served as sports editor of his high school newspaper ... graduated in December, 2011 with a bachelor's degree in communications and American studies.
Tackles - 4 (vs. Morgan State, 9/11/10)