The Next Level: Alec Lemon shines for Syracuse

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Syracuse sophomore wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) had a career day for the Orange, making eight receptions for 108 yards despite his team's 45-14 loss to Pittsburgh. It was Lemon's second career 100-yard game, and his 41-yard haul in the first quarter stands as a career long. Lemon's lights-out performance makes him the latest Next Level Player of the Week.


Redshirt freshman linebacker Carl Fleming (Franklin) registered one tackle for the Panthers.

• Sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) registered five tackles, including one for a loss in Maryland's 31-7 loss at Clemson. Freshman defensive back Matt RobinsonDavid Mackall (Edmondson) made one solo stop for the Terps. Senior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was targeted twice, but couldn't snag a reception. Sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley), junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) and sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but recorded no statistics.• North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made 10 tackles and returned his second-career interception 70 yards to set up a second-quarter field goal in the Tar Heels' 44-10 victory over Virginia. Senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) rushed for nine yards on four carries for the Cavaliers and junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) had two tackles.

• Wake Forest freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson's (River Hill) nine tackles tied for the team lead in the Demon Deacons' 52-21 loss at Virginia Tech. Redshirt freshman athlete Michael Campanaro (River Hill) rushed for 12 yards on his only carry of the game and returned a first-quarter kick 17 yards. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) recorded six tackles, including three solo stops. Freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) made two tackles and broke up one pass for the Hokies.

• West Virginia sophomore running back Tavon Austin (Dunbar) led the Mountaineers with 107 all-purpose yards in Thursday's 20-6 victory over South Florida. Austin ran for 22 yards on two carries, made five receptions for 47 yards and returned two kicks for 38 yards. Redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries and sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) made seven tackles for the Mountaineers. Sophomore offensive linemen John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) both received playing time, but did not record any stats.

• East Carolina freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) made nine tackles, including four solo stops in the Pirates' 33-27 victory over North Carolina State.

• Temple sophomore running back Matt Brown ran for 27 yards on 10 carries in a 28-27 win over Bowling Green. Brown – a Baltimore native from the Peddie School (N.J.) – also returned one kickoff 14 yards. Redshirt junior quarterback Chester Stewart (Hanover native, DeMatha graduate) was pulled after a rough start to Saturday's game, completing one of three passes and tossing a first-quarter interception that Bowling Green defensive back Jovan Leacock returned 49 yards for a touchdown. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) made one tackle for the Owls and junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) played, but did not record any stats.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) registered five tackles and broke up four passes in the Red Wolves' 36-34 loss at Indiana.

• Senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) was a defensive force for the Midshipmen, making eight tackles, including five solo stops and one sack in Navy's 28-21 victory over Southern Methodist University. Hauburger also forced two fumbles.

• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) missed a 45-yard field goal in the Buckeyes' 31-18 loss at Wisconsin. Barclay connected on a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter and made his only extra point attempt of the night.

• Utah senior return man Shaky Smithson (Douglass) (Dunbar) accumulated 111 yards on four punt returns in a 30-6 victory over Wyoming. Smithson also returned one kick for 11 yards for 122 all-purpose yards for the game.

• Junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) made two solo stops in San Jose State's 48-0 loss to Boise State.

• 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 in the comment section below on any other player in the state of Maryland.

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

Photo: Syracuse wide receiver Alec Lemon catches a pass in front of Pittsburgh linebacker Max Gruder during the first half / US Presswire photo / Oct. 16, 2010