The Washington Times - November 26, 2012, 03:43PM

Maryland defensive end Joe Vellano was named to the all-ACC first team on Monday, while linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield was a second team pick.

Defensive end A.J. Francis and linebacker Kenneth Tate were honorable mention selections, while Stefon Diggs was honorable mention as a specialist.


Vellano is the first Maryland defensive lineman to earn back-to-back first team nods since Bruce Mesner in 1984-86. He earned 80 of a possible 92 points in voting from media members who cover the conference.

Vellano made 61 tackles (14 for loss) and had six sacks while starting all 12 games for Maryland (4-8). He was especially strong in the first two months of the season before an ankle injury slowed him.

Hartsfield shared the team lead with 78 tackles (seven for loss) despite missing the last three games with a torn knee ligament. He was an honorable mention selection last season.

Francis had 43 tackles (nine for loss) and four sacks while starting every game as a senior. Tate, who missed the first three games with a knee injury, finished with 42 tackles (6.5 for loss) and four sacks.

Diggs averaged 28.5 yards per kickoff return as a freshman, returning two for touchdowns. He also averaged 10.0 yards per punt return.

—- Patrick Stevens