Terps receive various ACC honors

Terps receive various ACC honors
November 26, 2012, 4:15 pm
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Maryland Terrapins defensive lineman Joe Vellano (72) on the field against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. The West Virginia Mountaineers won 31-21.

(Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a final record of 4-8 the Maryland Terrapins competed at a higher level during the 2012 season than in the disastrous 2011 season. That improvement showed when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its all-conference teams for the year.

Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano highlighted the Terps season, taking his second straight first team all-conference honors. Though Vellano battled injuries for much of the year, he still finished with 61 tackles, 14 for losses, and six sacks. Many considered Vellano the key cog to a Terps defense that played well for most of the season.

Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield landed on the second-team All-ACC list, moving up from an honorable mention nod in his junior season. Both seniors, Hartsfield and Vellano will be missed for the Terps next year.

Two other seniors, defensive lineman A.J. Francis and safety/linebacker Kenneth Tate, earned honorable mention conference honors this season.

Freshman sensation Stefon Diggs also landed on the honorable mention all-conference team. More honors could be in store for the wide reciever and kick returner, who racked up almost 1,900 all-purpose yards in his first season of college play.