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The Next Level: Austin, Clarke lead W.Va.

The Next Level: Austin, Clarke lead W.Va.
The Next Level: Austin, Clarke lead W.Va.

The college football regular season is finally drawing to a close, and many Football Bowl Subdivision schools wrapped up their respective campaigns this weekend. We'll begin our final roundup of the season in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the West Virginia Mountaineers pounded the Pittsburgh Panthers, 35-10, at Heinz Field.

The Mountaineers were led by a pair of former local standouts as sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) and redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) combined to score four touchdowns. Clarke tallied the Mountaineers' first and last touchdowns of the afternoon, beginning with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth. Austin caught two touchdown passes, including a 71-yard reception to open the third quarter and a 12-yard score to close the third. Austin also rushed for 12 yards on his only carry. Both players' exceptional performances net them this season's first Next Level Co-Player of the Week Award.

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Also for the Mountaineers, sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) picked up four tackles, returned a fumble recovery 29 yards, broke up one pass and had one quarterback hurry. Redshirt sophomore offensive linemen John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) both received playing time, but did not record any statistics.• Maryland sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) returned a second-quarter interception 26 yards and made four tackles, two solo, in the Terps' 38-31 win over North Carolina State. Freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) sacked N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. Senior receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) caught one pass for 29 yards, made one tackle on special teams and forced a fourth-quarter fumble on kickoff coverage. Junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck), freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) and sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but recorded no statistics.

• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made four tackles, three solo, and had one quarterback hurry in Wake Forest's 34-13 win over Vanderbilt. Redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned one kickoff 25 yards and cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) registered three tackles, one for a loss of 1 yard.

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• Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) registered 10 tackles, eight solo in a 37-7 win over Virginia. Fuller made three tackles for a loss of 7 yards and broke up two passes. Cavaliers junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) assisted on four tackles.

• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) had three tackles in the Tar Heels' 24-19 win over Duke.

• Rutgers sophomore Nick DePaola (Hereford) assisted on one tackle in a 40-13 loss to Louisville.

• Connecticut sophomore safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) returned an interception 17 yards and made six tackles in the Huskies' 38-17 win over Cincinnati. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) played, but did not record any statistics.

• East Carolina freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) assisted on one tackle in the Pirates' 45-38 loss to Southern Methodist.

• Sophomore running back Matt Brown rushed for 56 yards on 14 carries in Temple's 23-3 loss at Miami of Ohio. Brown – a Baltimore native from the Peddie School in New Jersey – netted 66 all-purpose yards after hauling in 10-yard reception from quarterback Mike Gerardi in the third quarter. Junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) recorded one tackle after Gerardi was intercepted in the fourth. Miami freshman defensive lineman Mwanza Wamulumba (Meade) played, but did not record any statistics.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) made three tackles in a 31-24 loss at Florida International.

• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on field goals of 36, 33 and 23 yards, and was good on all four extra point attempts in the Buckeyes' 37-7 win over Michigan.

• Utah senior receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) caught three passes for 35 yards in the Utes' 17-16 win over Brigham Young. Smithson also returned one kickoff 13 yards and returned two punts for two yards.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) returned seven kickoffs for 138 yards in the Lobos' 66-17 loss to Texas Christian. McPhearson made one tackle, broke up one pass and fumbled a first-quarter kick return.

• Mississippi State junior defensive tackle James Carmon (City) assisted with two tackles in a 31-23 win at Mississippi.

• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) returned four kickoffs for 139 yards in a 45-38 loss to Louisiana Tech. Driver also made two tackles, recovered a fumble, broke up two passes and hauled in a 5-yard pass.

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• 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 from 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.

U.S. Presswire photos of Ryan Clarke (left) and Tavon Austin (right) by Charles LeClaire / Nov. 26, 2010.

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