NEW HAVEN, Conn.— Within the past two weeks, All-American Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano has been named to five watch lists, most recently being named to the list of the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Vellano is one of 11 players on the 50-man watch list to earn Walter Camp All-America honors last season. The list includes both offensive and defensive players and will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November.
The 2012 award recipient, voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on SportsCenter on Dec. 6. Vellano has started in each of the last 25 games for Maryland, averaging 6.3 tackles per game over that span and leading all FBS linemen last season with 7.8 tackles per game.