Maryland football names captains for 2011 season

Four players will serve as captains during the 2011 season. Here is the news release from Maryland:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Seniors Davin Meggett, Andrew Gonnella and Kenny Tate, as well as junior Joe Vellano will serve as captains for the Maryland football team in 2011.

“I have been impressed with how these young men have conducted themselves in all of our team functions,” said head coach Randy Edsall, who made the announcement Tuesday. “These players are respected by their teammates, understand the team concept and work hard every day. I’m looking forward to working with them so we can reach our goals both on and off the field.”

All four have been regulars in the lineup.

Meggett has played in all 38 games at running back since he arrived on campus in 2008. He had a team-high 720 rushing yards last season and ranks 20th in school history on the career list (1,515). His 14 career rushing TDs rank tied for 17th on the Maryland all-time list.

Gonnella opened a number of holes for Meggett the last two seasons. Gonnella started all 13 games at left guard in 2010 for an offense which ranked 29th in the FBS in scoring (32.2 points per game) and tied for fifth nationally in fewest turnovers (15).

Vellano and Tate were all-league performers for the Terps last season.

Vellano was second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference after posting 63 tackles, including team highs in sacks (five) and tackles for loss (10.5). His 4.9 tackles-per-game average was fourth in the ACC among defensive linemen.

Tate, who moved from safety to linebacker in the spring, was a member of the 2010 Bronco Nagurski Trophy watch list and a first team All-ACC selection. He started at free safety in all 13 games during 2010, posting 100 tackles, including 58 solo stops. Tate was the second-leading tackler in the ACC among defensive backs.

The Terps open preseason practice on Aug. 9 and play their first game on Sept. 5 when the Miami Hurricanes visit Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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