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Topic - Joe Vellano
Kevin Dorsey stretched in front of and facing his teammates on a mid-November afternoon, just as the senior wide receiver and Maryland's captains did all season.
Maryland's season arrived at its appointed conclusion early Saturday evening.
That Maryland left Saturday's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech with uncertainty about its offense hardly is unexpected. Its unusually injury-ravaged quarterback corps offers an obvious explanation.
Previewing Saturday's D.C.-area college football games.
If Joe Vellano has somewhat anonymously authored another stellar season for Maryland, it surely isn't for lack of effort.
Maryland lost its starting quarterback late in the first half Saturday. It lost its first conference game a bit later – but not before the Terrapins' most bizarre day of the season.
It was unlikely the milestone, however modest it was, of passing the victory total of his first season at Maryland was on coach Randy Edsall's mind Saturday.
Maryland's 7-6 squeaker Saturday against William & Mary at Byrd Stadium did nothing to suggest the inexperienced Terrapins are poised to move onward and upward from coach Randy Edsall's 2-10 first season. In fact, it hinted the opposite.
A full understanding of Maryland defensive end Joe Vellano does not stem from his quickness and savvy, though it is a defining trait for his success.
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Nothing went too slow during Keith Bowers' first year at Maryland.
The familiarity between Maryland football coach Randy Edsall and his players is substantially better as he enters his second season.
As he's worked his way back from a knee injury last year, Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate is already reminding teammates of the guy who was one of the ACC's top defensive players in 2010.
Maryland's spring game came and went Saturday before about 2,000 at Byrd Stadium, with a pair of touchdowns (a Brandon Ross run and a pass from Ricky Schultz to Nigel King) and one field goal accounting for all of the conventional scoring.
A dozen players with eligibility remaining left Maryland's football program since the end of a miserable 2-10 season in coach Randy Edsall's debut.
"It's two different things, really," senior defensive end Joe Vellano said. "The careers of the seniors are bigger than one game --- a lot of working out, a lot of time with them all offseason, a lot of guys you'll be friends with a long time. It's a real good group."
"We have to stop beating ourselves," defensive end Joe Vellano said. "That's the biggest thing. Turnovers, big plays on defense and stuff like that — it's hard to beat teams like this, without question."