The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2011 All-ACC Football First and Second Teams on Monday, and Joe Vellano earned First-Team honors at defensive tackle, making him the Maryland Terrapins' lone representative on either team.
In his junior season, Vellano made 94 tackles (54 solo), recorded 2.5 sacks, defensed four passes, forced two fumbles, and returned a fumble for a touchdown. He's among the few bright spots for a Maryland squad that went 2-10 and finished dead last in the conference in Randy Edsall's first season as head coach. The Terps ended the season on an eight-game losing streak.
Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who led the team with 108 tackles (50 solo), was an honorable mention for All-ACC, but did not make either team.
The Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies, who will compete in the ACC Championship Game this Saturday, finished with nine and eight players, respectively, on the All-ACC teams. VT running back David Wilson and Boston College Eagles linebacker Luke Kuechly were the lone unanimous selections.
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