Joe Vellano named to Bednarik Award watch list


(Jonathan Newton/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Vellano, who has started the last 25 games for Maryland, is one of 65 players on the watch list. He was a first-team all-ACC player and second-team all-American last season after leading the Football Bowl Subdivision in tackles by a lineman (7.8 per game).

The semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced Oct. 29, and the three finalists will be announced Nov. 19. The winner will be announced Dec. 6.

Maryland’s E.J. Henderson won the award in 2002.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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