Despite a final record of 4-8 the Maryland Terrapins competed at a higher level during the 2012 season than in the disastrous 2011 season. That improvement showed when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its all-conference teams for the year.
Maryland senior defensive lineman Joe Vellano highlighted the Terps season, taking his second straight first team all-conference honors. Though Vellano battled injuries for much of the year, he still finished with 61 tackles, 14 for losses, and six sacks. Many considered Vellano the key cog to a Terps defense that played well for most of the season.
Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield landed on the second-team All-ACC list, moving up from an honorable mention nod in his junior season. Both seniors, Hartsfield and Vellano will be missed for the Terps next year.
Two other seniors, defensive lineman A.J. Francis and safety/linebacker Kenneth Tate, earned honorable mention conference honors this season.
Freshman sensation Stefon Diggs also landed on the honorable mention all-conference team. More honors could be in store for the wide reciever and kick returner, who racked up almost 1,900 all-purpose yards in his first season of college play.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Michal Cekovsky scored 16 points in his third career start, Jaylen Brantley added 14 and Maryland eased past Howard 79-56 Wednesday night.
Cekovsky went 8 for 9 from the floor in tying his career high for points, set earlier this season against Kansas State. The 7-foot-1 junior also blocked three shots.
Cekovsky started at center for senior Damonte Dodd, who has a sprained left MCL and will be sidelined for at least two more games before being re-evaluated. Dodd leads the team with 17 blocked shots.
Maryland (9-1) led by seven at halftime, upped the margin to 17 with 15:57 remaining and cruised to the finish.
Brantley drilled four 3-pointers on a night the Terrapins received just 10 points from standout guard Melo Trimble.
Charles Williams scored 21 for Howard (1-6) and Solomon Mangham had 16.
Damonte Dodd, starting center for Maryland, will miss the three games due to a left knee injury.
Prior the Terrapins' game against Howard, it was announced that Dodd will miss the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament. The injury occured at a team practice on Monday.
The 6'11" senior has started in six of the team's nine games averaging 5.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He is the team leader in blocks with 17. Starting in his place was junior, Michal Cekovsky, making his first start of the season.
Dodd is to be reevaluated after the three games he will miss, which will be after Maryland's home game against Jacksonville State on Dec. 12.