The Next Level is a weekly Recruiting Report feature that 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. Chris Eckard, a senior at the University of Maryland and Baltimore Sun sports department intern, is your author.
Temple senior quarterback Chester Stewart (Hanover native) and junior running back Matt Brown (Baltimore native, Peddie School grad) feasted on a lackluster Maryland defense this past Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
Stewart, in particular, had an impressive afternoon. Making his first start of the season, the DeMatha graduate was a perfect 9-for-9 for 140 passing yards. He also rushed for 57 yards on nine carries, often extending a broken play with his legs.
His control of the offense all afternoon led to a 38-7 drubbing of the Terps. It marked Temple’s first win against a BCS opponent on the road since 2002 and its first-ever win against an ACC opponent.
For his efforts, in quite possibly the biggest upset of the weekend, Stewart is this week’s Next Level Player of the Week.
Brown also played a big role, leading the Owls with 194 all-purpose yards, including 76 rushing yards on 12 carries. Temple sophomore linebacker Gary Onuekwusi (Dunbar) recorded a tackle in the win.
Not only did the Terps get humiliated Saturday, but they also lost starting sophomore safety Matt Robinson (Atholton) to a season-ending shoulder injury. He had recorded eight tackles (13 total) before suffering the injury. Terps sophomore defensive end David Mackall (Edmondson) had one tackle in the loss (six total). Maryland junior safety Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) had five solo tackles (12 total). Maryland junior defensive tackle A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga grad) recorded one tackle.
• West Virginia's Tavon Austin (Dunbar) had another huge game Saturday night. The junior wide receiver had 187 yards on 11 receptions in the Mountaineers’ 47-21 loss to LSU. Austin also had 100 kickoff return yards on six returns. West Virginia junior safety Terrence Garvin (Loyola) had two solo tackles (four total) in the loss.
• Colorado State sophomore Shaq Barrett recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown on a 15-yard run-back in the Rams’ 35-34 overtime victory against Utah State. Barrett (a Baltimore native who went to high school in Nebraska) also led the team with six solo tackles (14 total) and recorded a five-yard sack.
• Michigan freshman cornerback Blake Countess (Owings Mills native, Good Counsel grad) played his best college game to date, with five solo tackles (seven total) in the Wolverines’ 28-7 win against San Diego State. Wolverines freshman safety Josh Furman (Old Mill) had a solo tackle (two total) in the win.
• Syracuse junior wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) caught an 18-yard touchdown pass with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Orange a late lead over Toledo. Syracuse went on to win 33-30 in overtime.
• Arkansas State senior cornerback Darron Edwards (Dunbar) recorded four tackles in the Red Wolves’ 53-24 win against Central Arkansas.
• Army junior slotback Kelechi Odocha (Atholton) carried the ball once for 16 yards in the Black Knights’ 48-21 loss to Ball State.
• Central Michigan sophomore safety Leron Eaddy (River Hill) had two solo tackles (seven total) as the Chippewas fell to Michigan State, 45-7.
• Virginia freshman wide receiver Darius Jennings (Gilman) had two receptions for 23 yards in the Cavaliers’ 30-24 loss to Southern Mississippi. Cavaliers senior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) had a sack and four tackles in the loss.
• Virginia Tech junior wide receiver Corey Fuller (Woodlawn) had a 7-yard reception in the Hokies’ 30-10 win against Marshall. Hokies sophomore cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) had three solo tackles (four total) in the win.
• Rutgers sophomore linebacker Nick DePaola (Hereford) had a tackle in Rutgers’ 38-26 win against Ohio.
• Ole Miss senior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) had three solo tackles (six total), including one for a loss, as the Rebels’ lost to 27-13 to Georgia.
• Penn State freshman safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall) returned one kickoff 18 yards and recorded two solo tackles in the Nittany Lions’ 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan.
• UAB sophomore quarterback Jonathan Perry (Dunbar) split time and finished with 106 yards passing (9-for-16) and 13 yards rushing on five carries in the Blazers’ 28-23 loss to ECU. East Carolina sophomore defensive end Derrell Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) had two solo tackles (four total), including one sack in the win.
• San Jose State senior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) had three solo tackles (five total) in a loss to New Mexico State, 34-24.
• New Mexico freshman safety Zach Dancel (Ellicott City native, Good Counsel grad) had three solo tackles (six total) in the Lobos’ 48-45 loss to Sam Houston State.
Getty photo of Chester Stewart by Rob Carr / Sept. 24, 2011