Vellano makes ACC first-team again

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Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

Despite a season in which he was increasingly slowed by injuries, Maryland senior defensive end Joe Vellano is on the All-ACC first team for the second straight year. Maryland senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield was named to the second team despite missing the final three games with a torn ACL.

Senior linebacker Kenny Tate, senior defensive end A.J. Francis, and freshman wide receiver Stefon Diggs received honorable mention.

Virginia players on the first team were tackle Oday Aboushi and linebacker Steve Greer. Virginia Tech placed defensive end James Gayle and cornerback Antone Exum on the second team and no one on the first team.

Receiving honorable mention were Virginia tight end Jake McGee, cornerback Demetrious Nicholson, and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. Virginia Tech players named were linebacker Bruce Taylor, cornerback Kyle Fuller and defensive tackles Antoine Hopkins and Derrick Hopkins

Vellano had 61 tackles, including 14 for a loss with six sacks. Hartsfield led the team in tackles with 78, including seven for losses. He also had an interception and recovered a pair of fumbles. Francis had 43 tackles, including nine for losses and four sacks. He also blocked three field goal attempts and recovered three fumbles. Tate, who missed the first three games of the season, had 42 tackles.

Diggs 54 receptions for 848 yards and six touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass, had 114 yards on 20 rushes, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 10 yards per punt return.

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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