It's hard to believe that Week 11 of the college football season is already in the books, but The Next Level is back with another action-packed edition of recaps on how former area high school football standouts fared around the country.
We'll start in Morgantown, W.Va., where sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) had a big day for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Austin caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter and rushed for 19 yards on two carries to lead the home team to a 37-10 victory over Cincinnati. Austin's performance makes him the first player to repeat as The Next Level Player of the Week this season.
Also for the Mountaineers, redshirt sophomore fullback Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) ran for 29 yards on seven carries and sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) picked up five tackles, including two solo stops. Offensive lineman John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) also received playing time for West Virginia.• Sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) made three tackles in Maryland's 42-23 victory over Virginia. Sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) intercepted a pass from Virginia quarterback Marc Verica in the fourth quarter and returned it 31 yards. Freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) registered two tackles and senior receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) hauled in a 26-yard reception from quarterback Danny O'Brien for his only catch of the day. David Mackall (Edmondson), Nick Peterson (Broadneck) and Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but did not record any statistics.
Raynard Horne (Overlea) notched 83 all-purpose yards for the Cavaliers, rushing for 14 yards on two carries, catching three passes for 25 yards and returning two kickoffs for 44 yards. Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) made four tackles, one for a loss.
• River Hill graduate Michael Campanaro received the bulk of the carries in Wake Forest's 38-3 loss at North Carolina State. The redshirt freshman rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries and caught one pass for an 18-yard gain. Campanaro also returned three kickoffs for 81 yards, including a 41-yard burst in the first quarter. Freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) made four tackles and redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) had three stops for the Demon Deacons.
• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) assisted on two tackles in a 26-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Freshman corner Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) played, but did not record any stats for the Hokies.
• Connecticut safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) intercepted his third pass of the season and returned it 17 yards in the Huskies' 30-28 victory over Pittsburgh. Junior, a redshirt sophomore, also made eight tackles, four solo. Freshman Leon Kinnard (Loyola) returned two punts for negative three yards and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) played, but recorded no stats.
• Freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) had two tackles, including a 5-yard sack in East Carolina's 54-42 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.
• Army senior Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) registered one solo tackle in the Black Knights' 45-28 win over Kent State.
• Navy senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) had six tackles, four solo in a 38-37 victory over Central Michigan. Redshirt freshman defensive back Leron Eaddy (River Hill) played, but did not record any stats for the Chippewas.
• Sophomore defensive back Antwan Reed (Carver) assisted on one tackle in Eastern Michigan's 45-30 loss at Western Michigan.
• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) made seven tackles in the Red Wolves' 36-35 loss to Western Kentucky.
• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on a 26-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in the Buckeyes' 38-14 victory over Penn State.
• Shaky Smithson (Douglass) wasn't a factor in Utah's surprising 28-3 loss at Notre Dame. The senior picked up 85 all-purpose yards, catching four passes for 44 yards, returning one punt for negative two yards and returning two kickoffs for 43 yards. Smithson returned his second kick of the game 25 yards in the third quarter before Notre Dame wide receiver Austin Collinsworth stripped him of the ball to set up the Irish at the Utah 26.
• Utah State junior wide receiver Xavier Martin (Joppatowne) hauled in a 41-yard reception in the Aggies' 38-34 victory over San Jose State. Junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) returned three kickoffs for 39 yards, registered three tackles and made one interception for the Spartans.
• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) made two tackles in the Lobos' 48-23 loss at Air Force.
• Mississippi junior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) had two tackles in a 52-14 loss at Tennessee.
• 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.
AP photo of Tavon Austin vs. Cincinnati by Jeff Gentner / Nov. 13, 2010
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