The Washington Times - October 29, 2012, 01:01PM

Maryland’s Stefon Diggs and Joe Vellano earned ACC player of the week awards for their performances in Saturday’s 20-17 loss at Boston College.

Diggs was named the ACC’s rookie of the week after catching 11 passes for 152 yards – both career highs. It was Diggs’ third rookie of the week honor; he was also the league’s specialist of the week once.

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Vellano had five tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Boston College to win the defensive lineman of the week for the first time this season and the fourth time in his career. He was previously honored for his play against Navy (2010), Miami (2011) and Georgia Tech (2011).

Vellano is one of three Terrapins to earn at least four defensive lineman of the week honors since 1999, joining linebackers E.J. Henderson and D’Qwell Jackson.

A rundown of Maryland’s rookies of the week and defensive linemen of the week since 1999:

MARYLAND’S ACC ROOKIES OF THE WEEK, 1999-2012

Sept. 13, 1999: QB Calvin McCall
Sept. 20, 1999: QB Calvin McCall
Oct. 7, 2002: RB Josh Allen
Nov. 4, 2002: LB Shawne Merriman
Sept. 26, 2005: LB Trey Covington
Oct. 30, 2006: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
Oct. 5, 2009: LB Demetrius Hartsfield
Sept. 27, 2010: QB Danny O’Brien
Oct. 25, 2010: QB Danny O’Brien
Nov. 1, 2010: QB Danny O’Brien
Nov. 15, 2010: QB Danny O’Brien
Nov. 29, 2010: QB Danny O’Brien
Nov. 14, 2011: LB Alex Twine
Sept. 10, 2012: QB Perry Hills
Sept. 24, 2012: WR Stefon Diggs
Oct. 8, 2012: WR Stefon Diggs
Oct. 29, 2012: WR Stefon Diggs

MARYLAND ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE WEEK, 1999-2011

Oct. 11, 1999: DE Erwyn Lyght
Sept. 1, 2001: LB E.J. Henderson
Sept. 29, 2001: LB E.J. Henderson
Oct. 15, 2001: LB E.J. Henderson
Nov. 5, 2001: LB E.J. Henderson
Nov. 12, 2001: LB E.J. Henderson
Nov. 19, 2001: LB E.J. Henderson
Oct. 5, 2002: LB E.J. Henderson
Oct. 26, 2002: DT Randy Starks
Nov. 30, 2002: LB E.J. Henderson
Oct. 6, 2003: LB Shawne Merriman
Nov. 17, 2003: DT Randy Starks
Nov. 24, 2003: DT Randy Starks
Sept. 7, 2004: LB D’Qwell Jackson
Oct. 24, 2004: LB D’Qwell Jackson
Nov. 1, 2004: LB D’Qwell Jackson
Nov. 29, 2004: LB Shawne Merriman
Sept. 6, 2005: LB D’Qwell Jackson
Oct. 8, 2007: LB Dave Philistin
Sept. 7, 2010:
DT Joe Vellano
Sept. 6, 2011: DT Joe Vellano
Oct. 10, 2011: DT Joe Vellano
Oct. 29, 2012: DE Joe Vellano

Patrick Stevens