Two Terps Earn All-ACC Honors
Vellano a first-team choice, Hartsfield secures honorable mention nod
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s Joe Vellano and Demetrius Hartsfield were voted to the 2011 All-ACC football team in an announcement Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Vellano was a first-team choice along the defensive line, while Hartsfield earned an honorable-mention nod at linebacker.
Vellano, a 2010 second team all-conference selection, posted 94 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries this season. The junior from Rexford, N.Y., leads the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles by a defensive lineman (7.8 per game).
He’s the first Maryland defensive tackle to earn first team all-league honors since Dre Moore in 2007, and just the fourth Terp (Randy Starks – 2003; Delbert Cowsette – 1999) in the last 21 years to earn that distinction.
Vellano’s father, Joe, was a first team All-ACC defensive tackle with the Terps in 1972 and 1973.
Hartsfield led the team (108) and ranks second in the ACC and fifth in the FBS (12.0 per game) in tackles despite missing three games due to injury. The junior from Raleigh, N.C., also had one sack, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.
Hartsfield’s inclusion marks the 11th straight season the Terps have placed a linebacker on either the first, second or honorable mention squad.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly were unanimous first-team selections by 45 voting members of the ACSMA.
For the complete release and to view the first, second and honorable mention all-league teams, go to: http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112811aae.html