The Next Level rolls on with a recap of Week 3 action.

Former Archbishop Curley standout Jerome Junior showed his big-play capability in Connecticut's 30-22 road win over Baylor. A week after recording seven tackles against North Carolina, the redshirt freshman safety intercepted a wide receiver pass from the Bears' Kendall Wright in the third quarter and returned it 14 yards. Junior also made two tackles (one solo, one assist).


Severn native A.J. Francis had an eventful second quarter in Maryland's stunning 32-31 loss to visiting Middle Tennessee State. The starting nose tackle, a redshirt freshman, blocked an extra-point attempt and stopped Blue Raiders quarterback Dwight Dasher for no gain on a first-and-goal run from the Terps' 7-yard line, but he was also called for an offside penalty in the period. For the game, Francis recorded two tackles (one solo, one assist). Maryland senior linebacker Hakeem Sule (McDonogh) assisted on two tackles on kickoff coverage. Junior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) also had an assist on a special teams tackle. On offense, Chris Turner threw to Williams twice, but both passes were incomplete. Terps senior safety Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) missed the game while recovering from a foot injury he suffered against California in Week 1.

Starting free safety Mike Newton (Calvert Hall) led Buffalo in tackles for the second straight week. The senior made nine stops (six solo, three assists) in the Bulls' 23-17 defeat at the hands of host Central Florida. In the first quarter, he stuffed a third-and-1 rush by Golden Knights running back Brynn Harvey for no gain. Newton was injured making a tackle in the fourth quarter, but he returned to the game. Fellow Calvert Hall product Dane Robinson made one solo tackle for Buffalo. The senior defensive lineman stopped Harvey for no gain on a second-and-1 rush.

Shaky Smithson (Douglass) made an impact as both a receiver and a returner in visiting Utah's 31-24 loss to Oregon. The junior caught five passes for 33 yards, his longest an 11-yard reception on a second-and-2 play in the second quarter. Smithson also returned six kickoffs for 140 yards (a 23.3-yard average), with a long of 29.

Wake Forest linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) turned in a notable performance in the Demon Deacons' 35-7 home rout of Elon. The redshirt freshman made seven tackles (two solo, five assists) and was credited with a half sack for a loss of 4 yards.

Starting weak-side linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake), a sophomore, assisted on four tackles including two for losses as host North Carolina beat East Carolina, 31-17.

Junior wide receiver Sheldon Bell (City) caught two passes for 15 yards in visiting Duke's 44-16 loss to No. 22 Kansas. His longest, a 13-yard reception, came on second-and-8 in the fourth quarter.

A week after scoring his first college touchdown, freshman Tavon Austin (Dunbar) was held to one reception for 5 yards as visiting West Virginia fell to Auburn, 41-30. Freshman defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) played but did not record any statistics.

Former local standouts Sean Boyle (Calvert Hall), a sophomore offensive lineman, and Kwame Johnson (Parkville), a freshman wide receiver, played for Temple in the Owls' 31-6 loss to Penn State in State College, but neither recorded any statistics. Baltimore native Matt Brown, a freshman wide-out who played his high school ball at Peddie School in New Jersey before prepping at New York's Milford Academy, was thrown to twice, but both passes were incomplete. Brown also called for a fair catch on the one punt he fielded.

Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus targeted freshman wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) on a deep pass in the Orange's 37-34 win over visiting Northwestern, but the throw wasn't completed. Senior tight end Andrew Robinson (Calvert Hall) got onto the field for Syracuse, recording no stats.

Also playing but not recording any statistics in their team's respective games were Army junior linebacker Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph), Louisville freshman linebacker Horace Miller (Dunbar), Navy senior quarterback Greg Zingler (Severna Park) and Rutgers senior wide receiver Andrew DePaola (Hereford). Army beat visiting Ball State, 24-17; Louisville lost to host Kentucky, 31-27; Navy was defeated by host Pittsburgh, 27-14; and Rutgers beat visiting Florida International, 23-15.