A hard-nosed fifth-year defensive lineman who has molded himself into an All-American ... anchors the defensive line ... quick first step with a good motor ... emerged in the spring of 2010 and has since been atop the depth chart ... a three-time All-ACC performer (second team in 2010; first in 2011 and 2012) ... a preseason All-America and consensus All-ACC selection ... a first team All-America pick by Athlon, second team by Lindy's and fourth team by Phil Steele ... a first team all-conference choice by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, Phil Steele and USA Today ... played defensive tackle for the last two seasons, but will play end in the new 3-4 scheme ... one of four team captains (also Andrew Gonnella, Davin Meggett and Kenny Tate) in 2011... also a captain for the 2012 season, along with Demetrius Hartsfield, C.J. Brown and Kevin Dorsey ... has started the last 36 games (tops on the team) at defensive tackle ... his 32.0 career tackles for loss are the most on the team and his 13.5 sacks rank first ... has six career double-digit tackle games.
Ranked fifth in the ACC and tied for 42nd nationally with 1.17 tackles for loss per game ... eigth in the ACC with 0.50 sacks per game ... made 11 tackles, including three solo tackles, and had his first career interception against William & Mary (9/1) ... made four solo tackles, inlcluding one sack and two tackles for loss against Temple (9/8) ... started at defesnive end and amassed four tackles, including one for a loss vs. Connecticut (9/15) ... helped hold the Huskies to 223 yards of total offense ... recorded six solo tackles, including two for a loss against West Virginia (9/22) ... had four tackles (three solo), including 1.5 for a loss vs. Wake Forest (10/6) ... helped limit Wake Forest to 241 total yards (71 rushing, 170 passing), including only 45 in the second half ... recorded nine total tackles against Virginia (10/13), including three solo tackles, two sacks and a career high three tackles for loss ... recorded 10 tackles (two solo), 0.5 sacks and 0.5 tackles for loss against NC State (10/20) ... totaled five tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks against Boston College (10/27)... also forced a fumble against the Eagles ... finished with one tackle against Georgia Tech (11/3) ... recorded five tackles including one fumble recovery vs. Clemson (11/10)... recorded two tackles including one solo tackle against Florida State (11/17).
An All-American and a consensus first team All-ACC choice ... a second team Walter Camp All-American ... also a second team All-American by the Associated Press ... a first team all-league pick by ACSMA, Rivals.com, Phil Steele and College Football News ... a consensus preseason first team All-ACC selection ... a first-team pick by Athlon, Blue Ribbon and Sporting News ... a second-team choice by Lindy's and Phil Steele ... started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... led the FBS in tackles by a lineman (7.8 per game) ... that mark ranked 12th in the ACC and tied for 92nd in the country ... ranked t-5th in the ACC and t-68th nationally in fumble recoveries (0.17 pg) and 10th in the ACC in fumbles forced (0.17 pg) ... had four double-digit tackle games ... recovered two fumbles against Miami (9/5), including one that he ran in 30 yards for a touchdown to give Maryland a 20-14 lead just before halftime ... earned the defensive game ball from the coaching staff for his performance vs. Miami ... also had two tackles against the `Canes ... recorded three stops and one pass breakup against West Virginia (9/17) ... made a season-high nine tackles against Towson (10/1), including a game-high 2.5 tackles for loss as Maryland had 11 TFLs in the game ... also had 1.5 sacks ... earned the defensive game ball for his performance vs. Towson ... was named ACC defensive lineman of the week after his performance against Georgia Tech (10/8), when he made a career-high 20 tackles including 14 solo stops and a tackle for loss ... he became just the fifth defensive player in the nation to post 20 or more tackles, though he is the only lineman in the FBS to register more than 15 stops in a game in 2011 ... he is one of just six Maryland players to reach the 20-tackle plateau since 1990, including the only defensive lineman ... the last time a Maryland player made 20 tackles was Oct. 6, 2007, when Dave Philistin had 21 against Georgia Tech ... that 20-tackle effort ranks t-7th on the 2011 FBS single-game list and first among d-linemen ... nominated for defensive lineman of the week after recording a second straight game with double-digit tackles, recording 11 against Clemson (10/15), while also adding a pass breakup ... recorded three tackles against Florida State (10/22) ... posted 10 stops vs. BC (10/29), including five solos and one TFL ... made 10 tackles, including a tackle for loss, and forced a fumble against Virginia (11/5) ... it was his fifth career double-digit tackle game and fourth in the previous five games ... had eight tackles against Notre Dame (11/12) ... made six tackles, one for a loss, and had a pass breakup against Wake Forest (11/19) ... totaled eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against NC State (11/26).
A second team All-ACC selection by ACSMA ... a third-team choice by Phil Steele ... started at defensive tackle in all 13 games ... led the team with five sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss ... ranked seventh on the team in tackles (63), tops among d-linemen ... his 4.9 tackle-per-game average was fourth in the ACC among defensive linemen ... tied for 15th in the ACC in sacks (0.38 per game) ... earned the James M. Tatum Award for the defensive lineman of the year at the season-ending banquet ... recorded season highs in tackles (10) and solo stops (5) in the season-opening win over Navy (9/6) ... also had career highs in tackles for loss (3.0) and sacks (2.0) vs. the Midshipmen ... had just one career tackle before that game ... earned ACC Defensive Lineman of Week for his play ... chipped in four tackles, including 1.5 TFL and 1.0 sacks, vs. Morgan State (9/11) ... had a pair of stops vs. WVU (9/18) and six tackles, including 1.5 TFL, vs. FIU (9/25) ... tied for third on the team with seven tackles against Duke (10/2), including 2.5 tackles for loss while matching his career high with 2.0 sacks ... also had a career-best two PBUs vs. the Blue Devils ... recorded five tackles against Clemson (10/16) ... in on four stops vs. BC (10/23) ... recorded three tackles against Wake Forest (10/30) ... had two solo stops and a blocked PAT vs. Miami (11/6) ... had eight tackles, including a half tackle for loss, vs. Virginia (11/13) ... posted six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, against NC State (11/27) ... had four tackles and the first forced fumble of his career vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29).
Played in five games as a reserve defensive tackle ... broke his right foot in preseason camp and missed the first six games of the season ... saw time vs. Virginia (10/17), Duke (10/24), NC State (11/7), Virginia Tech (11/14) and BC (11/28) ... assisted on a tackle vs. the Eagles.
Redshirt season ... originally signed with the Terps in 2007, but did not matriculate until January ... took part in spring practice.
A three-year letterwinner at defensive tackle ... second team all-state selection and Section II Player of the Year his senior year, when he was team captain ... ranked by SuperPrep as the No. 10 prospect in the state of New York ... recorded 68 tackles in 2006 and 78 in his junior year ... was first team all-section his junior year and second team all-section in his sophomore campaign ... also considered Boston College, Connecticut, and Penn State ... coached by Jim Smith.
2012: Suffered a foot injury in April, sitting out the remainder of the spring practices.
2009: Suffered a stress fracture in his foot during that kept him out of the first two months of the season.
Parents are Paul and Joney Vellano ... father was a UPI second team All-American (1973) and two-time All-ACC selection (1972-73) at defensive tackle for Maryland ... first father-son All-America combo at the same school in ACC history ... brother, Paul, played football at Rhode Island (2006-09) and has been a player-coach the last three years for the Parma Panthers of the Italian Football League ... member of National Honor Society ... enjoys boating in his spare time ... a family science major.