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.