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.
For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.
Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.
As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies.
RELATED: JUAN DIXON IS NOW A HEAD COACH
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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