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There’s just 74 days until the first Saturday of the college football – not that anyone is counting or anything.

Of course, preseason magazines are already populating bookstores and grocery stores and plenty of other places.

Maryland’s treatment? About what you’d expect.

There’s a lot of praise for defensive end Joe Vellano and not much optimism for the Terps’ overall prospects. Vellano and tight end Matt Furstenburg are considered the best bets to earn first team All-ACC honors.

The biggest disagreements center around Kenny Tate, who was pegged as the No. 11 outside linebacker in one publication and the No. 45 draft-eligible outside linebacker in another.

A rundown aggregated from Athlon, Lindy’s, Phil Steele and USA Today …

TEAM

Athlon: No. 5 in ACC Atlantic, No. 72 nationally, picked to go 4-8 (2-6 ACC)
Lindy’s: 
No. 6 in ACC Atlantic, No. 76 nationally
Phil Steele: No. 5 in ACC Atlantic, No. 73 nationally, No. 18 defensive line, No. 40 linebacking corps
USA Today:
No. 5 in ACC Atlantic, picked to go 5-7 (2-6 ACC)

WR STEFON DIGGS

Lindy’s: ACC newcomer of the year, No. 3 ACC incoming recruit

WR KEVIN DORSEY

Phil Steele: 4th team All-ACC

LB DARIN DRAKEFORD

Phil Steele: 4th team All-ACC, No. 56 draft-eligible OLB

P NICK FERRARA

Lindy’s: 3rd team All-ACC
Phil Steele: 2nd team All-ACC

NT A.J. FRANCIS

Phil Steele: No. 34 draft-eligible DT

S ERIC FRANKLIN

Phil Steele: No. 27 draft-eligible FS

TE MATT FURSTENBURG

Athlon: 1st team All-ACC
Lindy’s: 1st team All-ACC
Phil Steele: 1st team All-ACC, No. 24 draft-eligible TE

LB DEMETRIUS HARTSFIELD

Athlon: 2nd team All-ACC
Phil Steele: 2nd team All-ACC, No. 19 draft-eligible ILB

LB KENNY TATE

Athlon: 2nd team All-ACC
Lindy’s: No. 11 OLB nationally, 1st team All-ACC, No. 9 NFL talent in the ACC
Phil Steele: 3rd team All-ACC, No. 45 draft-eligible OLB
USA Today: 1st team All-ACC

DL JOE VELLANO

Athlon: 1st team All-America, 1st team All-ACC
Lindy’s: 2nd team All-America, No. 5 DE nationally, 1st team All-ACC
Phil Steele: 4th team All-America, 1st team All-ACC, No. 12 draft-eligible TE
USA Today: 1st team All-ACC

Patrick Stevens

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