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Baltimore Sun staff | December 11, 2011
Junior defensive tackle Joe Vellano was honored as Maryland's MVP Sunday night at the Terps' annual football banquet at the Stamp Student Union. Vellano, who also was named best defensive player and top lineman, finished his junior season with 94 tackles, including 7.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. The Rexford, N.Y., native was a first-team All-ACC pick and a second-team Walter Camp All-American. Here are the rest of the award winners from Maryland's banquet: Top Special Teams Performer: Austin Walker A.V. Williams Award for Outstanding & Conspicuous Sportsmanship: Trenton Hughes George C. Cook Memorial Award for the senior with the highest GPA: Andrew Gonnella George Boutselis Memorial Award for letterman with the highest GPA: Ryan Schlothauer Alvin L. Aubinoe Award as the unsung hero: Tim Downs C.P. “Lefty” McIntosh Public Service Award sponsored by Don & Terry Wilson: Andrew Gonnella James M. Tatum Award for Lineman of the Year: Joe Vellano Dr. John E. Faber Award for Iron Man: Kevin Dorsey Most Valuable Offensive Player: Davin Meggett Most Valuable Defensive Player: Joe Vellano Ray Krouse Award for Most Valuable Player: Joe Vellano Distinguished Contributor Award: Larry and Cheryl Grabenstein Captains Award: Andrew Gonnella, Davin Meggett, Kenny Tate, Joe Vellano ...
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 6, 2014
The Green Bay Packers signed former Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey to their active roster Monday. Dorsey, who was selected by the Packers in the seventh round of last year's draft, spent the first five weeks of this season on Green Bay's practice squad after spending last year on the team's injured reserve because of a toe injury. Dorsey, who had five catches for 52 yards for Green Bay during the preseason, only had 18 catches for 311 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at Maryland in 2013.
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Baltimore Sun staff | November 22, 2012
The Maryland football team might be without another one of its captains in Saturday's season finale at North Carolina. Defensive tackle Joe Vellano has been listed as doubtful on Maryland's injury report. The fifth-year senior is battling an ankle injury. If Vellano misses Saturday's game, he will be the third Terps captain sidelined, joining quarterback C.J. Brown (ACL) and linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield (ACL). Senior wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, who is healthy, is Maryland's fourth captain.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Scott Van Pelt is joking that he may have gone too far this time, that Maryland may turn on him for his pointed criticism about the droves of fans who abandoned Byrd Stadium's student section before the end of the Terps ' one-point win over rival Virginia on Oct. 12. The ESPN commentator, radio show host and former Maryland student says he expects the stadium to be packed for this Saturday's homecoming game against Clemson, "and...
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Baltimore Sun staff | November 28, 2011
One of the few bright spots of Maryland's 2011 football season was the play of Joe Vellano. On Monday, the junior defensive tackle was rewarded for his efforts by being selected to the All-ACC first team. Vellano appeared in all 12 games for the Terps (2-10), making 94 tackles (54 solo), including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Vellano also broke up four passes, recovered two fumbles and forced two fumbles. Junior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield was also recognized for his play, receiving honorable mention All-ACC accolades.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Joe Vellano and Stefon Diggs have been honored with weekly awards from the ACC, the conference announced today. Vellano, a fifth-year senior, was named the ACC's defensive lineman of the week. In the Terps' 20-17 loss at Boston College, Vellano totaled five tackles, including 2.5 sacks for minus-22 yards. He also forced a fumble and contributed to a Maryland defensive line that allowed the Eagles to rush for just 8 yards on 27 carries. Diggs caught a career-high 11 passes for a career-high 152 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown pass.
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Baltimore Sun staff | April 29, 2013
Two days after the end of the NFL draft, former Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano has found a home. Vellano, a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, signed Tuesday with the New England Patriots, according to Terps coach Randy Edsall. Vellano is the fourth former Terp to join an NFL team as an undrafted free agent. The others are tight end Matt Furstenburg (Baltimore Ravens), defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Miami Dolphins) and linebacker Darin Drakeford (Kansas City Chiefs)
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
Maryland's pre-spring depth chart listed Joe Vellano and Keith Bowers as the Terps' starting defensive ends. Bowers, however, was ruled out of practice last month with heart palpitations. Now Vellano will join him on the sideline. “Joe Vellano is gonna be out for the spring with a foot injury,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said in a YouTube video posted Saturday . “So that was disappointing.” Vellano, a senior from Rexford, N.Y., was a first-team All-ACC selection last fall at defensive end. He appeared in all 12 games for Maryland during the 2011 season, contributing 94 tackles (54 solo)
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July 13, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and intern Connor Letourneau -- co-sports editor of The Diamondback -- weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Joe Vellano has been named to several “watch” lists, including one for the Outland Trophy. Where does he rank on the list of Terps career defensive linemen? Jeff Barker: Hey, where does he rank in his own family? His father, Paul, was a Kodak AFCA All-American and an All-ACC selection as a defensive tackle.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
Assistant Maryland football coach Greg Gattuso pointed across a dining-hall table at Joe Vellano and said in his best deadpan: "His dad was better. " Gattuso said it loudly enough to make certain Vellano heard. Vellano, arguably Maryland's top returning player as the Terps open training camp today, only smiled at the coach, refusing to take the bait. Even after Vellano's 20-tackle game against Georgia Tech last season - impressive as it was - the defensive tackle was still teased by Maryland insiders that it may not even have been the best performance by a member of his own family.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
There was more than a little concern going into this season about Maryland's defense and its collective ability to get to opposing quarterbacks. The departure of All-ACC player Joe Vellano and Darin Drakeford -- who each had six sacks last season -- as well as A.J. Francis (4 sacks), Kenneth Tate (4) and Demetrius Hartsfield (3.5) left many in College Park wondering where the Terps were going to get sacks. Three games into the 2013 schedule and heading into Saturday's game against West Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium,  the answer is apparent for a team that leads the country with 4.67 sacks per game.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Sometimes, Maryland defensive line coach Greg Gattuso will lapse back to when he was a howling bear of a head coach stalking the sidelines as if looking for prey. Gattuso coached Duquesne for 12 seasons, and - while he understands his role is more limited at Maryland - he never relinquished his passion or his penchant for looking at the big picture. It's who he is. "I was very aggressive as a head coach," said Gattuso, 51, a former defensive tackle who played for the late Joe Paterno on Penn State's 1982 national championship team and remained loyal to the coach.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
When a school hires a top assistant coach, they don't just hire an individual. They also hire a system -- a 3-4 in Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's case -- and a network of contacts. Former Houston defensive end Zeke Riser played for Stewart with the Cougars, and apparently liked him well enough to want to reunite with him in College Park. It's worth noting that the paperwork on the 6-4, 255-pound lineman from LaVernia, Texas, has not been completed, so his move to Maryland has not been finalized.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
ESPN college football analyst Andre Ware said on “College Football Live” Wednesday that he expects Maryland to be one of the country's “bounce back” teams in 2013. Pointing to the return of quarterback C.J. Brown and the emergence of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Ware said that “anything short of a bowl game will be a disappointment.” Calling Diggs “one of the most underrated” players in the country, Ware added Maryland to a list that includes Missouri and Miami.  Ware pointed to the fact that the Terps were 4-2 before a rash of season-ending injuries to Brown and freshmen quarterbacks Perry Hills and Caleb Rowe led to Maryland losing its last six games.
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Sports Digest | April 30, 2013
Football McKinnie, Dolphins meet; Vellano to Pats Ravens veteran free agent offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie visited the Miami Dolphins on Monday and underwent a physical, according to a source. There was no deal immediately with the former Pro Bowl lineman, with the source saying: "Nothing more than [a] visit right now. " Another NFL source familiar with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland 's thinking on McKinnie described this as a "look-see meeting. " McKinnie got a preliminary inquiry before the NFL draft from the San Diego Chargers, and they talked to him Monday.
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Baltimore Sun staff | April 29, 2013
Two days after the end of the NFL draft, former Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano has found a home. Vellano, a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, signed Tuesday with the New England Patriots, according to Terps coach Randy Edsall. Vellano is the fourth former Terp to join an NFL team as an undrafted free agent. The others are tight end Matt Furstenburg (Baltimore Ravens), defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Miami Dolphins) and linebacker Darin Drakeford (Kansas City Chiefs)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Maryland defensive end Justin Anderson is leaving the program at the end of the semester. No reason was given for the fourth-year player's departure. Anderson, who has played tackle and end, had six tackles (one for loss) last season. He missed all of 2011 because of injury after playing extensively in 2010. The Terps will be short on defensive line experience with the departure of Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis from last season. Anderson was known partly for having the same first and last name as the emerging Virginia basketball player who was once a Maryland recruit.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
Freshman receiver-returner Stefon Diggs - who had been a constant during Maryland's injury-plagued season - has been ruled out of Saturday's game at Clemson because of an injured ankle. Diggs was seen around campus this week wearing a walking boot. He is among three players - running back Wes Brown (ankle) and receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro (concussion) are the others - listed as “out” for Saturday. That does not include the nine players - including all four true quarterbacks - who are listed as “out for the season.” Diggs has caught 43 passes for 721 yards and six touchdowns.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
Maryland defensive end Justin Anderson is leaving the program at the end of the semester. No reason was given for the fourth-year player's departure. Anderson, who has played tackle and end, had six tackles (one for loss) last season. He missed all of 2011 because of injury after playing extensively in 2010. The Terps will be short on defensive line experience with the departure of Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis from last season. Anderson was known partly for having the same first and last name as the emerging Virginia basketball player who was once a Maryland recruit.
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March 15, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker, editor Matt Bracken, and Sun intern/Diamondback co-sports editor Josh Vitale weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What will the environment be like at Friday night's Maryland-Duke game in the ACC tournament? Jeff Barker: First of all, the Terps usually have a pretty decent fan contingent. Their red-clad group was louder than the Wake Forest fans during Maryland's win Thursday night at Greensboro Coliseum.
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