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January 12, 2010

Season recap: Mario Rowson

Lake Taylor (Va.) football coach Hank Sawyer keeps it simple when discussing Mario Rowson's senior season.

“He was a real good football player,” Sawyer said of the Maryland cornerback commitment. “He made all-region, all-district, all-Tidewater and second-team all-state. He played some special teams, offense and defense. He was a two-way starter.”

Rowson -- who helped Lake Taylor to a 10-3 record -- made plenty of big plays on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound cornerback intercepted seven passes and caught eight touchdowns at wide receiver.

One of his best performances of the year came against Hampton in the Virginia Eastern Region Division 5 semifinals. Rowson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and played lockdown defense in the Titans’ 10-7 win.

“He went up against the other team’s top receiver, he got on him and shut him down,” Sawyer said. “Against Hampton in the playoffs, they had a receiver that was real good. Mario [covered him] and he had no catches on him.”

Sawyer coached Rowson for all four years of his high school career. From a development standpoint, Rowson -- as expected -- got stronger and faster during his time at Lake Taylor. But that’s not necessarily what Sawyer will remember most about his star defensive back.

“[I’ll remember] he would do anything for the team,” Sawyer said. “He would always go in on special teams and be very unselfish. He didn’t care about his stats. He just wanted the team to be successful.”

Sawyer said the Maryland staff thinks there’s a possibility Rowson contributes early, thanks in part to his ability to play man coverage. Does Sawyer think Rowson could see some action as a true freshman?

“Yes I do,” Sawyer said. “With his height and speed, yes I do.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 8:33 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Season recaps


In all reality, if this guy is so good why didn't he select VT over Maryland?

Hey Human,

Maybe he doesn't want to spend the next 4 - 5 years in a s******e town like Blacksburg.

Was he recruited by VT or UVA? I guess he just didn't like them I guess...Not every kid in Maryland likes UMD either.

Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes and soon to be Nolan Carroll are the latest Terps in play in the NFL at corner, kid obviously knows he can add to the list.

This kid is a sleeper.He was heavily recruited by Va.Tech and UVA. Maryland has a number of under the radar players in this upcoming class. Keep an eye on this kid and Matt Robinson of Atholton. Same type of player.

sorry - this is way too long

i finally figured out that my contribution to this blog (which i throughly enjoy, thanks for doing it) to highlight the md "fans" who constantly b***h and moan about the md programs. if it is ok with matt i am setting up (unofficially of course) the "terps remember jack heise club" (TerpsRJHC)...we all (that is if you know md sports at all...and, i do question some based on what i have read)...that mr heise was the quintessential terp fan.

rules are simple - everyone is presumed to be in unless you just dont meet the standards...per ralph, "you're either in or your out"

note to human - sorry sport, you are so out of the TerpsRJHCjack for being whatever you are.

listened to the last part of the wake game tonite-sounds like we could have had it and it got away. good to have an ot game to learn from. note to all you md pretend "fans" from gv.... so there!

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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