The Next Level – Ex-Curley star steps up for UConn

Thanks for checking in to The Next Level. Connecticut safety Jerome Junior headlines our Week 4 highlights after helping the Huskies to a 45-21 win over Buffalo in East Hartford, Conn. Junior intercepted two passes and returned one for a 27-yard touchdown for the Huskies' first score of the game. The redshirt sophomore finished with four tackles, including three solo stops, and is this week's Next Level Player of the Week.

Freshman athlete Leon Kinnard (Loyola) rushed for nine yards on his only carry of the game for the Huskies, and made one tackle after UConn quarterback Zach Frazer was intercepted late in the second quarter. Kinnard also made one catch for two yards.


• Senior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) hauled in a 9-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of Maryland's 42-28 victory over Florida International. Williams also assisted on a tackle on punt coverage in the fourth quarter.

Terps redshirt freshman tight end Dave Stinebaugh (Perry Hall) made three catches for 23 yards. Sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis – a Severn native – recorded 11 tackles, three solo, including one for a 2-yard loss.


Maryland freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) made three tackles, while sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) and freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) both registered two tackles. Junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) assisted with one tackle for the Terps.• Temple redshirt junior quarterback Chester Stewart (DeMatha) would rather forget Saturday's performance in the Owls' 22-13 loss at Penn State. The Hanover native completed 8 of 19 passes for just 46 yards and three interceptions. Stewart rushed for nine yards on five carries, and fumbled twice, recovering one.

Owls sophomore running back Matt Brown, a Baltimore native from the Peddie School (N.J.), racked up 77 all-purpose yards with 12 carries for 48 yards on the ground, one reception for nine yards and one kick return for 20 yards. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville), freshman linebacker Gary Onuekwusi (Dunbar) and junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) also saw game action for Temple, but did not record any statistics.

• Virginia senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) was a force on special teams for the Cavaliers in their 48-7 win over Virginia Military Institute. After VMI scored their only touchdown of the game with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter, Horne ran back the kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown en route to 104 total return yards. Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins – a Westminster native – had six tackles.

• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made four tackles in Wake Forest's 31-0 loss to Florida State. Ehrmann thwarted a Florida State drive in the red zone during the first quarter, sacking Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder at the 10-yard line and forcing a fumble that was recovered by teammate Tristan Dorty at the Wake Forest 7. Ehrmann struck again in the second quarter, recovering another Ponder fumble following a third-down sack by defensive end Kyle Wilber. Redshirt freshman athlete Michael Campanaro (River Hill) suffered a 4-yard sack on his only snap behind center, but recorded 40 total kick return yards on two chances.

• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made five tackles, including three solo stops in the Tar Heels' 17-13 victory over Rutgers.

• Virginia Tech freshman defensive back Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) assisted on one tackle in the Hokies' 19-0 win at Boston College.

• A week after taking home this season's first Next Level Player of the Week honors, West Virginia sophomore wide receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) was held to three receptions for 33 yards in the Mountaineers' 20-14 loss at LSU. Redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke – a Glen Burnie native – was ineffective on seven carries, rushing for 12 yards and fumbling once. Sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) made four tackles and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) had one.

• Syracuse sophomore wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) made one 10-yard catch in a 42-7 victory over Colgate.


• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on a 42-yard field goal in the Buckeyes' 73-20 drubbing of Eastern Michigan. Barclay was perfect on each of his 10 extra-point attempts.

• Senior fullback Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) rushed for 14 yards on five carries in Army's 35-21 win over Duke.

• Utah senior wide receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) returned four punts for 33 yards in a 56-3 rout of San Jose State. Smithson also returned one kick for 26 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) returned two kicks, including one 71-yard return in the first quarter that took the Spartans to the Utah 20. Despite the fantastic field position to start the drive, San Jose State managed only a field goal in a paltry offensive performance.

• Sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson – a Columbia native – returned three kicks for 74 yards, including one for 29 yards in New Mexico's 45-10 loss to UNLV. McPhearson also made two stops on defense for the Lobos.

• Ole Miss junior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) registered two tackles and sacked Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn for a 3-yard loss in a 55-38 victory over the Bulldogs.

• Miami of Ohio freshman defensive lineman Mwanza Wamulumba (Meade) assisted on three tackles in the Red Hawks' 51-13 loss to Missouri.


• Remember, this list only focuses on natives of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County who appear on NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision rosters. Feel free to post updates on any other players from the state of Maryland in the comment section below.

Mike Miller is an intern at The Baltimore Sun. He will be providing updates on former local high school football standouts who now play for FBS schools each Monday for Recruiting Report. Mike can be reached at