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November 14, 2011

The Next Level: Perry powers UAB comeback

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.

Trailing 35-17 in Saturday’s game against Memphis, UAB sophomore quarterback Jonathan Perry (Dunbar) engineered the largest fourth-quarter comeback in program history.

Perry led three fourth-quarter touchdown drives of 69 or more yards to cap the improbable comeback, as the Blazers scored 24 unanswered points. The sophomore tossed a career-high 410 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, and added 47 on the ground.

With the 41-35 win, the Blazers claimed the “Battle for the Bones” trophy for the third straight year.

It wouldn’t have been possible without the play of Perry, whose 457 total yards ranks third in UAB history for a single game. He completed 28 of his 48 passes, without an interception.

This season, Perry has thrown for 1,616 yards and seven touchdowns (seven interceptions) and rushed for 238 yards and a score. For his role in the Blazers’ record-breaking comeback, Perry is your Next Level Player of the Week. He earns the honor for the second time this season.


Honorable mention

• Syracuse junior wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) had another huge game, catching 10 passes for 179 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Orange’s 37-17 loss to South Florida. Lemon had a 10-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and a 58-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.

• Temple junior running back Matt Brown (Baltimore native, Peddie School grad) rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown in the Owls’ 24-21 win against Miami (Ohio). Brown also returned four kickoffs for a total of 53 yards.

• Wake Forest sophomore wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown and had 72 receiving yards in the Demon Deacons’ 31-28 loss to No. 9 Clemson. Wake Forest junior linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) forced and recovered a fumble and had four solo tackles (six total) in the loss.

• West Virginia junior wide receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) hauled in nine catches for 126 receiving yards and added a 67-yard kickoff return and a 50-yard punt return in the Mountaineers’ 24-21 win against No. 18 Cincinnati.

Other contributions

• Boston College freshman quarterback Josh Bordner (Century) scored his first career touchdown, a 3-yard run in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 14-10 win against North Carolina State. Bordner had 21 rushing yards on six carries.

• Central Michigan sophomore safety Leron Eaddy (River Hill) had an interception and a solo tackle (three total) in the Chippewas' 43-28 loss to Ohio.

• Colorado State sophomore linebacker Shaq Barrett (Baltimore native) had four solo tackles (14 total) and a pass breakup in the Rams’ 18-15 loss to San Diego State.

• Maryland junior safety Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) had four solo tackles (12 total) in the Terps’ 45-21 loss to Notre Dame at FedEx Field. Terps junior defensive tackle A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga grad) had a solo tackle (four total, one for a loss).

• Michigan true freshman cornerback Blake Countess (Owings Mill native, Good Counsel grad) had a tackle in the Wolverines’ 31-14 win against Illinois.

• Pittsburgh sophomore linebacker Carl Fleming (Franklin) had an interception and two solo tackles (three total) in the Panthers’ 21-14 win against Louisville.

• Rutgers sophomore linebacker Nick DePaola (Hereford) had a solo tackle in the Scarlet Knights’ 27-12 win against Army.

• Virginia freshman wide receiver Darius Jennings (Gilman) returned two kickoffs for a total of 24 yards in the Cavaliers’ 31-21 win against Duke. Cavaliers’ senior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) had two solo tackles (four total) in the win.

• Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) had two solo tackles (four total) in the No. 10 Hokies’ 37-26 win against No. 21 Georgia Tech.

• UTEP sophomore defensive lineman Horace Miller (Dunbar) had a tackle (0.5 for a loss) and a quarterback hurry in a 22-17 win against East Carolina.

U.S. Presswire photo of Jonathan Perry by Marvin Gentry / Nov. 12, 2011

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About Matt Bracken

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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