In a down year for local college football, bright spots emerged when the Atlantic Coast Conference named two Virginia players and one Maryland player first-team all-conference.
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.
Virginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi landed first-team all-conference along with linebacker Steve Greer. Aboushi took his second straight All-ACC first team honor. A dominant blocker who averaged more than 10 knockdown blocks per game, the Brooklyn native has already been named to the 2013 Senior Bowl.
Greer registered 122 tackles this season, second in the ACC, including a carrer high 19 tackles against Virginia Tech. Greer was named second team All-ACC last season.
No Virginia Tech players made first-team All-ACC, but three Hokies made second-team from the defensive side of the ball. Defensive end James Gayle, linebacker Jack Tyler, and cornerback Antone Exum all were recognized for their efforts as All-ACC second team.
Maryland freshman sensation Stefon Diggs landed on the honorable mention all-conference team. More honors could be in store for the freshman Diggs, who racked up almost 1,900 all-purpose yards in his first season of college play.
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.
After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season.
For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes.
Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.
Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's.
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The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.
No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.
On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.
According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent.
At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small.
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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few.
In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.