Terps' Joe Vellano named All-ACC by coaches

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano ended his college career by being named All-Atlantic Coast Conference by the league's coaches.

Freshman receiver-returner Stefon Diggs was named to the second team as a special teams player.

Senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield was named to the second-team defense.

The announcement by the ACC came today. The team was selected by the conference's 12 head coaches. The coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Vellano was limited by an ankle injury sustained in the season's ninth game. But he continued to play, finishing with 61 tackles, including 14 for losses and six sacks.

Hartsfield suffered a torn ACL and missed the last three games. But he still tied with Cole Farrand for the team high with 78 tackles.

Diggs had one of Maryland's best freshman seasons ever. He had 1,896 all-purpose yards in 11 games and caught 54 passes for 848 yards. He had two kick-return touchdowns.

Diggs finished second in balloting for rookie of the year. Miami running back Duke Johnson was first.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was named player of the year. Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner was defensive player of the year.

The coaches' all-conference team is almost identical to the team selected by ACC media.


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