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Posted at 6:41 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Six Maryland players earn all-ACC honors

By Eric Prisbell

Maryland just announced that six players earned all-league honors. This is from the release:

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Following a regular season which saw the Terrapins improve their win total by six games, six Maryland football players earned spots on the 2010 All-ACC team, the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association (ACSMA) announced Monday.

Headlined by four first-team All-ACC honorees in wide receiver Torrey Smith, punt returner Tony Logan, linebacker Alex Wujciak and safety Kenny Tate, the Terps had their most all-conference players since 2008 when they had nine.

Sophomore defensive tackle Joe Vellano was voted to the second team, while senior offensive lineman Paul Pinegar was an honorable mention selection.

The four first team selections were tied for the most with Clemson. The five first and second team choices were tied for third with Clemson. Virginia Tech (11) and Miami (9) led the way.

The Terps haven’t had as many as four first team all-league choices since the 2003 season (also four).

Wujciak, the fourth-leading tackler in the ACC (9.3 per game) and third among active FBS players in career tackles (10.2 pg), was voted All-ACC for the third time in his career (first team in 2009; second team in 2008). He is the first Terp to earn all-conference three years in a row since D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05).

Smith, a junior, is on the team for the second straight year (second team in 2009) after posting 65 receptions (fifth in school history) for 1,065 yards (second in Maryland history). He posted a school record 12 touchdown receptions, set the Maryland all-purpose yardage record (5,183) and the ACC kickoff return yards mark (2,909).

The other four were named to the team for the first time.

Tate had a tremendous all-around season. The junior is sixth in the ACC in tackles (7.8 per game), first in forced fumbles (0.33 pg) and tied for 12th in interceptions (0.25 pg).

Logan had two punt returns for touchdowns to tie the Maryland single-season record. The junior is averaging 18.8 yards per return which ranks first in the ACC and third in the FBS. His 563 yards is the second-highest in both ACC and school history (Steve Suter had 771 in 2002).

Pinegar has been one of the most versatile players in the country the last three seasons. He has started 24 consecutive games along the offensive line at four different positions, including six at both center and right tackle this season.

After seeing limited action as a redshirt freshman in 2009, Vellano emerged in the spring and became a fixture in the middle of the defensive line. He posted 59 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss (first on the team) and 5.0 sacks (first on the team).

The Terps, 8-4 this season after a 2-10 mark in 2009, reached bowl eligibility for the seventh time in head coach Ralph Friedgen’s 10 seasons, and they await a decision Sunday regarding their bowl destination.

Maryland’s six-win improvement is currently second in the nation behind Miami (Ohio) which has posted a seven-game increase in the win column.

By Eric Prisbell  | November 29, 2010; 6:41 PM ET
Categories:  Danny O'Brien, Football, Ralph Friedgen  
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"Logan had two punt returns for touchdowns to tie the Maryland single-season record. The junior is averaging 18.8 yards per return which ranks first in the ACC and third in the FBS. His 563 yards is the second-highest in both ACC and school history (Steve Suter had 771 in 2002)."

Uh, am I missing something? Suter had 4 punt returns for TDs in 2002.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | November 29, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

This is awesome. 4 first team all conference players is a pretty big deal. Proud to be a terp.

What will the haters say if this happens?

Danny O'Brien for ACC rookie of the year
Ralph Friedgen for ACC coach of the year
Most First Team All ACC players
9 wins, a win in a warm weather bowl New Years Eve bowl over possibly Notre Dame or West Virginia.

All of this is still on the table. Let the haters keep hating as the Terps keep piling up the awards and accomplishments.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 29, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Barno will know the actual count, but I recall it as 2 PR TDs + 2 KR TDs for Suter. Now Suter was a serious player who came through in clutch situations. I recall he had an injury that I believe ended his senior year a bit early - hairline fracture in the patella? I had the chance to meet him when he was a junior and he was one of the nicest young adults that you could imagine.

My diatribes post Miami and FSU aside, what a great season to be a Terps fan. And how can any Terp not be pumped about the 2011 season? DOB was spectacular. This season really could have been another disaster - thin o-line, hurt starting QB, dearth of healthy TEs and FBs, inexperience at the CBs, the Ferrara implosion.

Hindsight: Coaching was definitely part of the solution. Sure we can point to deficiencies in recruiting...but that same recruiting got us four all-ACC players. Pinegar getting the honorable mention was a nice touch.

We know NOW that DOB is a star. But no one KNEW for sure until AFTER J-Rob was injured. J-Rob did lead the team to victory over Navy and we'll never really know how good he could have been given the entire season. But I doubt it would be anywhere near what DOB delivered.

Winning next season is a consensus EXPECTATION, not hope, and not remotely optimistic. That is really, really nice.

Win the bowl game, whereever it is and whoever the opponent is. This cake needs some icing.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 29, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

One odd thought that keeps nagging at me: what is the plan to replace Baltz? Kinda disappointed he got no recognition when he had a great year handling multiple duties.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 29, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it was 4 Tds for Suter. But the previous record was 2 I believe before the halo rule.

So here are the latest bowl projections:

http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010/11/29/college-football-bowl-projections-2010/

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/bowls/predictions

http://cfn.scout.com/2/557866.html

So far about half are saying we'll be playing Notre Dame in Orlando and the other half believe we'll be playing Tennessee in Nashville. Haven't come across anything recent predicting us in the Military Bowl..sorry Prisbell.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

you grew up outside of baltimore and became a yankees fan? LOL, what a frontrunning Dbag.

Posted by: minhle1 | November 29, 2010 10:27 AM |

Hey Minhle1 -

y'know a lot of folks move to NYC, hang out with their colleagues and BECOME Yankees fans (I didn't) because NYC is an intensly competitive city. The Yankees will do ANYTHING to win, and given the character of the city, and the adventure of actually going to a borough for a game (because I lived there for 2+ years and other than trips to the airports barely went to the boroughs otherwise), the Yankees serve to bond folks much like the Skins used to in DC. You can't live in NYC metro and not be PAINFULLY aware of what is going on with the Yankees. Forget about the fact that they are the country's premier sports franchise going back to the days of Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio to Mantle. A brief run with Billy Martin in the 70s to a return to dominance in the 1990s/2000s. They win, they win consistently, they win big and they do it with STARS. Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez together can't carry Bernie Williams' jock in that town.

yankees logic - if we ain't WINNING the WS, then we NEED to do what we can to WIN the next won. Same logic does not apply to many other teams in many other sports. I have friends resettled from all over the country, including DC/Balto, who relocated to NYC. Many of them, including myself who relocated back, choose to continue to hate the Yankees. But they are all forced to pay attention. And many, many, many of them become fans. The corollary - no one moves to NYC and becomes fans of the Mets. And no one moves to NYC and becomes fans of the Nets either. Plenty of folks move here and start rooting for the Skins or Ravens and yes, even the Terps (folks love GW).

On a more urgent note - what did Jordan Williams have for breakfast today?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | November 30, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Barno1 - I like your thinking!

Posted by: TerpInTime | November 30, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I thought, from what playing time they had early in the season - O'Brien had shown himself more adept at running the offense, even with the Freshman mistakes. (like turning the wrong way on a hand-off.)

I don't think Robinson ever showed the kind of command or accuracy O'Brien did, even early on.

And I think next year, we'll see more improvements - particularly with things like blitz recognition. I don't know that he's a future superstar, but he's already damn good and enough to build an offense around.

Posted by: dlgood | November 30, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

How did Perez get shafted and not at least make honorable mention? Didnt he win player of the week twice?

Posted by: asnis715 | November 30, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Very true about perez...he has to have been at least honorable mention. Same with Francis.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 30, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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