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Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig (11) looks to pass under pressure from Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano (72) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig (11) looks to pass under pressure from Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano (72) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Joe Vellano overcame an injury-filled start to his career at Maryland to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2010 and first-team accolades in 2011. The Terrapins kick off their season Saturday. (Hans Pennink/Special to The Washington Times)

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Joe Vellano overcame an injury-filled start to his career at Maryland to earn second-team All-ACC honors in 2010 and first-team accolades in 2011. The Terrapins kick off their season Saturday. (Hans Pennink/Special to The Washington Times)

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Joe Vellano wears No. 72 as a defensive lineman for Maryland, the same number his father, Paul, wore when he dominated the gridiron at College Park. Paul was named an All-American in 1973; Joe earned the honor last season, when he led all ACC defensive linemen in tackles with 94. Even as a boy (below), Joe Vellano seemed destined to follow in his dad’s footsteps. This year, he will be a linchpin in the Terrapins’ new 3-4 defensive alignment. (Hans Pennink/Special to The Washington Times)