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Hills, Pickett come up big in Maryland win

Posted on 08 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes

Maryland 36, Temple 27

Kicking Off: Maryland held on to beat Temple 36-27 to improve to 2-0 on the season … quarterback Perry Hills went 11 of 21 for 190 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown … running back Justus Pickett ran for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Stefon Diggs had 135 all-purpose yards on nine touches … the defense forced two early turnovers and was once again tough against the run, holding Temple to 52 yards on 39 carries.

Forced Turnovers Set Tone: Maryland’s defense set the tone right away by forcing a fumble on Temple’s first offensive play of the game. Joe Vellano forced the fumble by running back Matt Brown, and Demetrius Hartsfield recovered it. Then, on Temple’s second drive, Cole Farrand forced a fumble on third down that A.J. Francis recovered.

Defense Locks Down: The Terps held Temple to just 34 total yards and two first downs in the first half. Temple had just 28 rushing yards on 22 carries (1.3 ypc) and six passing yards as Maryland won the time of possession battle 16:21 to 13:39. The second half was more of the same as the Owls had just 24 rushing yards on 17 carries. For the game, Temple had just 52 rushing yards on 39 carries (1.3 ypc).

Leak Steps Up: Sophomore receiver Marcus Leak had three receptions for 90 yards, and two of them were big plays. Leak had a 32-yard TD reception to give Maryland a 17-3 lead in the second quarter; he also had a big momentum play in the third quarter. On a third-and-17, Leak caught a jump ball from Hills for a 39-yard reception, and Maryland went on to kick a field goal on the drive. The catch came right after Temple scored a TD as a result of a Maryland turnover right after halftime.

Showing Improvement on Offense: Maryland showed improvement on offense in week two of the season. The Terps’ 12 first downs in the first half nearly matched their total of 13 in game one against William & Mary. Maryland finished with 334 yards of total offense and 19 first downs.

Diggs’ Drive: Maryland’s first touchdown drive came in large part due to the efforts of Stefon Diggs. The freshman set up the drive with a 27-yard punt return that gave Maryland the ball at the their own 43. He then had a 12-yard rush and a 12-yard reception before Perry Hills hit Matt Furstenburg in the end zone on a beautiful pass for a 22-yard touchdown.

More Diggs: Despite a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, Diggs had a solid all-around game. He had nine touches for 135 yards, an average of 15 yards per touch (3 receptions for 59 yards, 2 rushes for 17 yards, 3 punt returns for 34 yards, 1 kickoff return for 25 yards). Diggs also had a 38-yard catch on third down with under 4:00 left in the game that setup a touchdown and helped preserve the win.

Safety: Maryland got its first safety in exactly five years when Temple’s center snapped it over the head of QB Chris Coyer and into the end zone in the second quarter. The Terps’ last safety came against FIU on Sept. 8, 2007.

Turnovers: The Terps were able to hold on to win despite losing the turnover battle for the second straight week. Maryland had four fumbles lost, while Temple lost two fumbles and threw an interception.

Tidbits: Brad Craddock’s 45-yard field goal in the first quarter was the first of his career … Perry Hills’ 22-yard TD pass to Matt Furstenburg early in the second quarter was the first of his career … Maryland’s 23 points in second quarter its most in one quarter since they had 28 on 10/30/10 vs. Wake Forest … when Temple QB Chris Coyer hit C.J. Hammond for a 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter, it represented the first points Maryland’s defense allowed this season that didn’t come off turnovers … with 73 all-purpose yards Justus Pickett surpassed 1,000 career all-purpose yards … the Terps finished with three sacks and seven tackles for loss … Cole Farrand had a game-high six tackles … A.J. Francis had a blocked field goal, sack and fumble recovery.

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Terps aim for 2-0 start Saturday at Temple

Posted on 07 September 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The University of Maryland football team takes to the road for the first time of the 2012 season when it faces Temple at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday at noon. The Terrapins will look to build upon a 7-6 season-opening win over William & Mary in which 14 players made their Maryland debut, including 12 true freshmen. The defense kept the team in the game, allowing Justus Pickett to run for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.


• A dominant defensive effort by the Terps enabled the win in week one. Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield made 13 tackles and helped seal the game with a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Joe Vellano had 11 stops – two of them for loss – and an interception. In all, the defense recorded 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and held William & Mary to just 2.5 yards per carry (41 attempts, 104 yards). Hartsfield, the ACC’s active career leader in tackles, and Vellano, a 2011 second team All-American, highlight the 10 starters returning to the Maryland defense this season.

• The offense was set to return five starters, including three of its top four receivers from last season in wideouts Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins, and tight end Matt Furstenburg. Junior C.J. Brown, who started five games in 2011 and set the Maryland single-season rushing yards record by a quarterback, was set to assume No. 1 quarterback duties before suffering a torn ACL in a non-contact drill on Aug. 14. Injuries hit both sides of the ball hard during the preseason, as 10 potential starters missed the William & Mary game with various injuries and ailments (see note page 2)..

• Still, Maryland hopes a number of key returnees, combined with a highly touted 2012 recruiting class, will help it reach postseason play for the ninth time in the last 12 years. In addition to Vellano and Hartsfield several playmakers are back on defense. In the secondary, Eric Franklin and Dexter McDougle have plenty of experience, having both started every game last year. Franklin, a senior who has played in 28 career games, led the team in solo tackles (64), ranked second in total tackles (106) and tied for second on the team with four pass breakups. McDougle, meanwhile, led the team with six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. The Terps also welcome back linebackers Darin Drakeford and Alex Twineand defensive lineman A.J. Francis, all of whom have starting experience. Drakeford is a disruptive force, tying for the league lead last season with four forced fumbles. As a true freshman last year, Twine ended the season as the starter at Will linebacker and averaged 9.8 tackles in his four starts. Francis has played in each of the last 38 games and has 24 career starts.

• Quarterback Perry Hills, who against William & Mary became Maryland’s first true freshman starter since Latrez Harrison in 1999, will direct the offense. Hills overcame a slow start against the Tribe by leading the Terps on a 10-play, 69-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game winner. Maryland has a young, talented group of skill players around Hills. Pickett, a sophomore, is the veteran in the backfield and is joined by three freshmen in Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and Wes Brown. At receiver, sophomore Marcus Leak and freshman Stefon Diggs each had three receptions in the season opener.

• Diggs is also the kickoff and punt returner, and averaged 16.6 yards on three punt returns against William & Mary. Nathan Renfro secured the punting duties and performed well, averaging 53.0 yards on four punts with a long of 60. His best punt came late in the fourth quarter with Maryland holding on to a one-point lead. Renfro had his 57-yard punt downed at the 2-yard line with 2:17 remaining to help seal the win. With senior Nick Ferrara out of the season opener, freshman Brad Craddock handled the kickoff and place-kicking duties.

Quick Hitters

• Seven players made their first career starts on Saturday against William & Mary: quarterback Perry Hills, running back Albert Reid, safety Sean Davis, defensive back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Cole Farrand, nose tackle Darius Kilgo and offensive lineman Nick Klemm.

• In addition to the seven first-time starters, 14 players saw their first action against William & Mary. And of the 44 players that saw time against the Tribe, 25 of them were underclassmen.

• Maryland has 14 true freshmen listed on its two-deep (excluding return men), which is the third most in the FBS (Colorado – 16, Texas – 15).

• Maryland allowed William & Mary to gain just 229 yards of total offense. That’s its best total defensive performance since surrendering 115 to Wake Forest on Oct. 30, 2010.

• The Terps held William & Mary to 2.5 yards per carry. Additionally, 28 of the Tribe’s 41 rushes were for three yards or less, including 15 of 19 in the first half.

• Demetrius Hartsfield recorded a double-digit tackle game against William & Mary by finishing with 13. Hartsfield had seven double-digit efforts in nine games last season. Hartsfield also had a fumble recovery with 1:11 left that sealed the win.

• Head coach Randy Edsall handed out game balls for the win over William & Mary. Marcus Leak got the game ball for offense, Joe Vellano for defense and Nathan Renfro for special teams. Renfro also received honorable mention punter of the week from CollegeFootballPerformance.com.

• Maryland was hit hard by injuries in the preseason. Thirteen players missed the season opener due to various injuries and ailments: defensive linemen Keith Bowers, Isaiah Ross and Andre Monroe; defensive backs Isaac Goins, A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebackers Kenneth Tate and Abner Logan; quarterbacks C.J. Brown and Dustin Dailey, running back Brandon Ross; offensive lineman Josh Cary; and place-kicker Nick Ferrara. Both Monroe and Brown are out for the season.

• Perry Hills became the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He also became the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.

Maryland-Temple Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Temple, 6-1. The series dates back to 1997; the schools played four years in a row from 1997-2000. Temple’s only win in the series came last year, when it beat the Terps 38-7 in College Park. Maryland is 3-0 when playing at Temple.
• The last meeting in Philadelphia was Oct. 8, 2005. Mario Merrills ran for three touchdowns and Sam Hollenbach passed for 228 yards in a 38-7 victory.


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Maryland’s Vellano, Furstenburg named preseason All-ACC

Posted on 25 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Vellano one of four players that also garnered 2011 All-America honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano and tight end Matt Furstenburg have been selected to the 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football Team, the league announced Wednesday.

Vellano was a consensus first team All-ACC choice following the 2011 season and received 58 votes for the 2012 Preseason All-ACC team, third most among defensive players. The senior has also been named to the preseason watch lists for five national awards: the Bednarik, Lombardi and Walter Camp Awards, and the Bronco Nagurski and Outland Trophies.

Vellano is one of four 2011 All-Americans to be chosen to the team, joining David Amerson of NC State, Omoregie Uzzi of Georgia Tech and Sammy Watkins of Clemson.

Furstenburg started all 12 games last season and finished third in the conference in receptions per game (2.6) and receiving yards (348). He was also named to the preseason watch list for the Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s top tight end, on July 10.

Voting for the 25-man team was conducted by media in attendance at the ACC Football Kickoff, which was held July 22-23 in Greensboro, N.C. A total of 68 ballots were cast.

Watkins, who was tabbed as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year by media at the ACC Kickoff, was the lone unanimous selection. Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina led the way with four selections each, while Virginia Tech had three. Maryland, NC State and Virginia each had two players chosen.

To view the entire 2012 Preseason All-ACC Football Team, click here.

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Maryland DL Vellano named to Walter Camp Award watch list

Posted on 20 July 2012 by WNST Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano has been named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, marking the fifth different watch list the All-American has been named to in the past two weeks.

Vellano is one of 11 players on the list that earned Walter Camp All-America honors last season. The 50-man watch list includes both offensive and defensive players and will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2012 award recipient, which is voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on SportsCenter on Dec. 6.

Vellano has started in each of the last 25 games for Maryland, averaging 6.3 tackles per game over that span. His 7.8 tackles per game last season led all FBS linemen.
Joe Vellano’s Watch Lists

Bednarik Award (best defensive player)

Bronco Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player)

Lombardi Award (open to all down linemen)

Outland Trophy (best interior lineman)

Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
About the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award

Walter Camp, “The Father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation (www.waltercamp.org) – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

The Foundation is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s website, www.ncfaa.org.

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More preseason recognition for Maryland DL Vellano

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

CHICAGO – Maryland fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Tate on Monday was named as one of 51 candidates to the Butkus Award watch list, which honors the nation’s best linebackers, while Joe Vellano was named to the Lombardi Award watch list.

The Butkus Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, is presented annually to the top collegiate, professional and high school linebacker. Semifinalists will be named Oct. 22, finalists Nov. 20 and winners announced on or before Dec. 4.

Tate was up for a number of national honors last season and averaged 8.8 tackles in four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury that caused him to miss most of the year. As a junior in 2010, he was a first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-America choice by College Football News.

In 40 career games, Tate has 197 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and five sacks. He is one of five players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to make the list.

The Lombardi Award is open to all down linemen on offense or defense, or a linebacker setting up no farther than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. Vellano, who was named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy last week, is one of 145 candidates for the Lombardi Award.

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Maryland DL Vellano named to Outland, Nagurski watch lists

Posted on 12 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Senior defensive lineman named to Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists

DALLAS – Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano on Thursday was named to the watch lists for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy.

The Nagurski Trophy is given annually to the nation’s best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club; the Outland Trophy is given to the best interior lineman in college football and includes 71 players, just 18 of which are defensive tackles. It is selected by the FWAA.

Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be selected on Nov. 15, and the winner will be presented Dec. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.,

The Outland Trophy is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team. After the three finalists are named on Nov. 19, the trophy will be awarded on The Home Depot College Football Awards show Dec. 6 on ESPN.

It marks the third watch list Vellano, a preseason All-American, has been named to this week – he was also named to the Bednarik Award watch list Monday. Vellano is one of 10 starters back on a defense that enters its first year under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and his 3-4 scheme.

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Maryland DL Vellano nominated for Bednarik Award

Posted on 09 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Award honors nation’s top defensive player

PHILADELPHIA – Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano has been named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which honors the nation’s top defensive player.

Vellano is one of 65 players on the initial watch list, including 10 from the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

A consensus first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-American as a junior, Vellano led the FBS in tackles by a lineman with 7.8 per game last season. Vellano has started the last 25 games for Maryland, racking up 157 tackles including 18 for loss in that span. His 7.5 career sacks are tops on the team among returnees.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, and the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 19. The winners of the 2011 Maxwell and Bednarik Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 6.

The award has been presented since 1995 and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a former University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Eagle great.

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