Vellano Earns All-America Honor
Junior defensive tackle a second-team selection by Walter Camp
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Maryland’s Joe Vellano was voted to the second team of the 2011 Walter Camp All-America team.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation made the announcement Thursday evening as part of The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
A two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice (second team in 2010; first team in 2011), Vellano posted 94 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries this season.
“It’s a great honor be chosen for the Walter Camp team,” Vellano said. “I certainly want to thank my teammates and coaches who made it possible, as well as everyone who voted for me.”
The junior from Rexford, N.Y., leads the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles by a defensive lineman (7.8 per game). He had a career-best 20 tackles against Georgia Tech, the most by any defensive lineman in the FBS this season.
Yellow Jackets’ head coach Paul Johnson was more than impressed with his performance.
“I told him after the game that was as good as anybody has played against one of my teams,” Johnson said after the Oct. 8 contest. “Vellano may be the best (defensive) player we have faced in my four years at Georgia Tech.”
One of four team captains in 2011, Vellano has started the last 24 games at defensive tackle.
“Joe is not only one heck of a football player, but also a great leader who plays hard on each and every play,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “This is a tremendous honor for Joe and his family, and certainly well deserved. I couldn’t be happier for him”
Vellano’s father, Paul, also a defensive tackle, was a first team Kodak AFCA All-American and a second-team choice by UPI in 1973.
Joe Vellano is the first Maryland player to earn Walter Camp All-America honors since E.J. Henderson, a first-team choice in 2002.
Vernon Davis and D’Qwell Jackson were the last Terps to earn first or second team All-America distinction. Both were on a variety of teams in 2005.
For more information on the Walter Camp foundation or to view the complete teams, go to: http://www.waltercamp.org/
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