A perusal of yesterday’s game book revealed 20 tackles for Maryland’s Joe Vellano.
That’s 20 tackles. For a defensive tackle. Needless to say that’s an incredible number, even when an opponent is running as frequently as Georgia Tech does.
It was the most tackles for a Maryland player since Dave Philistin rolled up 21 tackles in the last time the Terps saw Georgia Tech (back in 2007).
Only other other Terp since 1997 —- Eric Barton —- had a day with more than 20 tackles. Vellano’s was the fifth 20-tackle day in that span, and the only one by a defensive lineman.
A look at Maryland’s 18-tackle days since 1997, a list that features a player from each of Maryland’s last three games against a triple-option offense:
22: Eric Barton, at North Carolina (1998)
21: Dave Philistin, Georgia Tech (2007)
20: Kevin Bishop, Clemson (1999)
20: E.J. Henderson, at N.C. State (2001)
20: Joe Vellano, at Georgia Tech (2011)
19: E.J. Henderson, at Virginia (2002)
19: E.J. Henderson, Wake Forest (2002)
18: Kendall Ogle, at North Carolina (1998)
18: Eric Barton, N.C. State (1998)
18: E.J. Henderson, Georgia Tech (2000)
18: E.J. Henderson, at Georgia Tech-OT (2001)
18: D’Qwell Jackson, vs. Navy (2005)
18: Erin Henderson, at Clemson (2006)
18: Erin Henderson, Virginia (2007)
18: Alex Wujciak, vs. Navy (2010)
—- Patrick Stevens