With the homestretch of the college football season upon us, The Next Level charges full-speed into the final few weeks as schools around the country solidify bowl resumes and put the finishing touches on their respective campaigns.
Temple sophomore running back Matt Brown is the latest Next Level Player of the Week after rushing for 72 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown in the Owls' 31-23 loss to Ohio last Tuesday.
Brown – a Baltimore native from the Peddie School in New Jersey – scored Temple's first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and also caught four passes for 20 yards and returned one kickoff 18 yards to finish with 110 all-purpose yards. Congratulations to Brown on his second Next Level award of the season.• Maryland freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) made one tackle and forced a fumble in the Terrapins' 30-16 loss to Florida State. Sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) made two tackles, sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) assisted on one tackle and senior receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) made one tackle on special teams. Sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) returned one kickoff 15 yards and both freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) and junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) received playing time, but did not record any statistics.
• Wake Forest redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro(River Hill) ran for five yards on two carries and returned three kickoffs for 72 yards in the Demon Deacons' 30-10 loss to Clemson. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made four tackles and assisted on one for a loss, and freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) had one tackle.
• Virginia senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) received seven carries and rushed for 31 yards in the Cavaliers' 17-13 loss at Boston College. Horne also caught one pass for 13 yards, returned two kickoffs for 36 yards and made one tackle on special teams coverage. Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Good Counsel grad, Westminster native) made two tackles.
• Junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) registered two tackles in North Carolina's 29-25 loss to North Carolina State.
• Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) recorded five tackles, one for a loss in the Hokies' 31-17 victory over Miami. Fuller also forced one fumble and recorded three quarterback hurries.
• Rutgers sophomore Nick DePaola (Hereford) had two tackles in a 69-38 loss at Cincinnati.
• West Virginia sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) caught one pass for 25 yards and ran for two yards on his only carry in the Mountaineers' 17-10 victory at Louisville. Redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) rushed for 22 yards on three carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Sophomore defensive back Terrence Garvin (Loyola) made four tackles, including an 8-yard sack of Louisville quarterback Justin Burke at the end of the first quarter. Redshirt sophomore offensive linemen John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) played but did not record any statistics.
• Connecticut redshirt sophomore Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) picked up five tackles, three solo, in the Huskies' 23-6 victory over Syracuse. Syracuse sophomore receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) hauled in one reception for 12 yards.
• Eastern Michigan sophomore defensive back Antwan Reed had one tackle in the Eagles' 21-17 win over Buffalo.
• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on field goals from 18 and 48 yards and made both extra point attempts in the Buckeyes' 20-17 victory over Iowa.
• Penn State junior John Rohrbaugh (Howard) made one tackle in the Nittany Lions' 41-24 victory over Indiana.
• Senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) made five tackles in Navy's 35-19 victory over Arkansas State. Junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) received playing time, but did not record any stats for the Red Wolves.
• In Utah's 38-34 win over San Diego State, senior receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) caught one pass for five yards, returned one punt for two yards and returned two kickoffs for 70 yards. Smithson was also credited with a pass attempt late in the first quarter, but could not connect with receiver Eddie Wide.
• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) returned four kickoffs for 120 yards in the Lobos' 40-7 loss at Brigham Young. McPhearson also assisted on one tackle and broke up a pass.
• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) made three tackles and returned one kickoff 17 yards.
• 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 email@example.com.
US Presswire photo of Matt Brown by Eric Hartline / Nov. 16, 2010
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