The Washington Times - May 7, 2012, 07:20PM

It’s less than four months before the college football season begins, which means preseason watch lists are rolling out right about on schedule.

The one player from Maryland who figures to be a fixture on several awards lists this preseason, it is senior defensive end Joe Vellano. After all, he was a second-team All-America pick last season and is the most known commodity on Maryland’s roster.


Sure enough, Vellano is the first Terrapin mentioned. The spot on the list for the Lott Trophy, which is awarded to the top defensive player in the country, will probably not be the last preseason nod for Vellano.


DE Joe Vellano: Lott Trophy (best defensive player)

Patrick Stevens