The awards haul began soon after C.J. Brown’s return to college football. On the heels of his five-touchdown performance against Florida International, the most for a Maryland quarterback since 2003, Brown was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) quarterback of the week.
Brown completed 87 percent of his 23 pass attempts against Florida International, the highest single-game rate in program history with at least 20 attempts. Adding backup Caleb Rowe’s 5-for-6 performance in garbage time, the Terrapins completed 86.2 percent of their passes, breaking the previous mark of 83.3 percent set on Nov. 4, 1995.
Brown tossed touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs (66 yards), Deon Long (25 yards) and Kenneth Goins (17 yards). He rushed for 105 yards and two scores as well, topping the century mark for the fourth time in his career. Of the top nine single-game quarterback rushing totals in Maryland history, Brown is listed four times.
Diggs, who caught five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, was named honorable mention specialist of the week by the CFPA. He opened the game with a 40-yard kickoff return and finished with 194 all-purpose yards, one season after breaking the ACC freshman mark in that category. Kicker Brad Craddock, who was perfect on three chip-shot field goals but missed an extra point, was an honorable mention specialist of the week.
>> No notable changes in Maryland’s two-deep depth chart. Rowe, as expected, assumes sole possession of the backup quarterback spot behind Brown, beating Ricardo Young. Silvano Altamirano, also as expected, beat out Gary Harraka for at backup left guard. Maryland had hoped the junior college transfer would assume the spot once healthy. Altamirano did not appear against FIU. Harraka played with the second unit.
>> Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson, who hobbled off the field with an apparent ankle injury and was spotted postgame wearing a protective boot, is listed on the depth chart. The extent of his condition won’t be fully known until Saturday afternoon when the Terps face Old Dominion, however.
>> No new additions to the injury report, which until conference play begins will only contain players lost for the season. Milan Collins (ankle), Ty Tucker (knee) and JaJuan Dulaney (knee), all true freshmen, are listed.