This is not a surprise, but Maryland defensive tackle Joe Vellano earned ACC defensive lineman of the week honors for his performance against Georgia Tech:
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, Jr., 6-2, 285, Rexford, N.Y.
Vellano was all over the field for Maryland in its 21-16 loss to No. 13 Georgia Tech, racking up a career-high 20 tackles, including 14 solo stops and a tackle for loss, as the Terps held the triple option in check. Vellano, whose previous high of 10 stops came in the 2010 season opener, 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. The junior 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. “I think we had probably one of the most outstanding performances that I know I have ever seen out of a defensive lineman,” head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday after watching the game film.
Also, the ACC has opted for the six-day option on the Maryland-Florida State game on Oct. 22. That means the time and television network for the game will not be known until noon Sunday.