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.

The Next Level: Matt Brown stars for Owls

Despite backing up one of the top running backs in the nation, Temple junior running back Matt Brown has quietly put together a quality season. More evidence of this came Saturday against Buffalo.


Brown, a Baltimore native and Peddie School (N.J.) grad, ripped off a 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as the Owls ran away with a 34-0 win against the Bulls. Brown finished with 120 rushing yards on just 12 carries.

Temple starter Bernard Pierce leads the country with 17 touchdowns, while averaging more than 120 rushing yards, but Brown has still found a way to be effective this season. He has 443 rushing yards (6.2 yards per carry) and another 443 return yards (337 kick, 106 punt) this season.

For his efforts against Buffalo, Brown is your Next Level Player of the Week.

Owls senior quarterback Chester Stewart (Hanover native, DeMatha grad) went 7-for-11 passing for 58 yards in the win.Honorable Mention

• Maryland junior safety Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) led the Terps with eight solo tackles (10 total) and two pass breakups in the 56-45 loss to No. 8 Clemson. Junior defensive tackle A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga grad) had a solo tackle (four total). Terps sophomore offensive lineman Cody Blue (Wilde Lake), sophomore defensive end David Mackall (Edmondson) and junior defensive lineman Alvin Thomas (Long Reach) each had a tackle.

• New Mexico freshman safety Zach Dancel (Ellicott City native, Good Counsel grad) recorded his first collegiate interception in the second quarter of Lobos' 49-7 loss to Nevada. Dancel also had a solo tackle (four total).

• Virginia senior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) had three solo tackles (seven total) in the Cavaliers' stunning 24-21 upset of No. 12 Georgia Tech in Charlottesville, Va. Freshman wide receiver Darius Jennings (Gilman) returned two kickoffs for a total of 29 yards for the Cavaliers.

Other contributions

• Central Michigan sophomore safety Leron Eaddy (River Hill) had a solo tackle (four total) in the Chippewas' 35-28 loss to Eastern Michigan.

• Colorado State sophomore linebacker Shaq Barrett (Baltimore native) had five solo tackles (nine total) in the Rams' 63-13 loss to No. 5 Boise State.

• Connecticut junior safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) had four solo tackles (seven total) and a pass breakup in the Huskies' 16-10 win against USF.

• Michigan freshman cornerback Blake Countess (Owings Mills native, Good Counsel grad) had three solo tackles (six total) in the No. 11 Wolverines' 28-14 loss against No. 23 Michigan State.

• Ole Miss senior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) had a 14-yard sack and three solo tackles (four total) in a 52-7 loss to No. 2 Alabama.

• Penn State senior long snapper Jon Rohrbaugh (Howard) had a solo tackle in the Nittany Lions' 23-18 win against Purdue.


• North Carolina senior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) had three tackles (four total) in the Tar Heels' 30-24 loss to Miami.

• Rutgers sophomore linebacker Nick DePaola (Hereford) had a solo tackle in the Scarlet Knights' 21-20 win against Navy.

• UAB sophomore quarterback Jonathan Perry (Dunbar) went 1-for-2 for 18 passing yards in a 37-20 loss to Tulsa.

• UNLV freshman wide receiver Mike Horsey (Dunbar) had a solo tackle in the Rebels' 41-14 loss to Wyoming.

• UTEP sophomore defensive lineman Horace Miller (Dunbar) had a tackle in a 44-7 win against Tulane.

• Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) had two tackles (three total) in the No. 19 Hokies' 38-17 win against Wake Forest. Demon Deacons sophomore wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) had 37 receiving yards on five receptions, while junior linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) had three solo tackles (five total) in the loss.

U.S. Presswire photo of Matt Brown by Howard Smith / Oct 15, 2011