Maryland Stock Report: Terps struggling in ACC play

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After beating Georgia Tech, Maryland has dropped back-to-back games by 20+ points.

There's no other way to describe the last two games other than "yuck." Finding a stock rising candidate was a chore.

Stock Rising:

Patriots DL Joe Vellano -- #HeATerp and is in the AFC Championship game this weekend starting for the Patriots in Vince Wilfork's absence. He's played well all season in place of Wilfork and from interviews I've heard this week previewing the game, people seem to be praising Vellano for his work this year.

49ers TE Vernon Davis -- #HeATerp too and is in the NFC Championship game this weekend and starting for the Niners. He hasn't recorded more than three catches since week 15 against Tampa Bay, but he's such a physical freak he could go off against anyone -- especially if the Seahawks try to take away Michael Crabtree.

Stock Holding:

Dez Wells -- Last week I said he was holding, and while he didn't have a bad game against Florida State, no one would be able to tell because of how awful everyone else and he looks guilty by association. Wells did a great job attacking the rim against Florida State's massive big men and went to the line ten times, knocking down nine.

Seth Allen -- He was supposed to be the season savior. We can all agree that was an unrealistic expectation for a guy that's not quite a point guard and coming off a serious injury. Allen needs time, and despite a few solid performances upon his return, will have the occasional stinker -- like the one he had against Florida State.

Stock Falling:

Jake Layman -- He's completely fallen off the map in conference play. Once is a fluke, twice is a trend.

Evan Smotrycz -- This is becoming troubling. Does Smotrycz have a green light to shoot? And if so, why is he leading the team in shots when he's having an off-night?

Mark Turgeon -- He's now been openly called out for his in-game decisions by a national media member. To be clear, that's never good.

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