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C.J. Brown, Matt Robinson win weekly ACC awards after last conference game


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After the last regular-season game of its last ACC campaign, a 41-21 win over North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon, the Maryland football team received two weekly awards from the conference it will soon depart.

Three quarterbacks were named the co-offensive backs of the week, among them Maryland’s C.J. Brown. His five touchdowns matched a career-best set earlier this season, while his 138 rushing yards rank third by a Maryland quarterback. He also topped 250 yards passing and 100 yards rushing for the third time this season. Duke’s Anthony Boone and Florida State’s Jameis Winston shared the award.

Despite missing two games, Brown finished the regular season with 2,045 yards passing and 538 yards rushing, while scoring 12 rushing touchdowns and passing for 11 more. He ranks fourth in the ACC in total offense (258.3 yards per game), fifth in touchdowns (23) and second in scoring per game (7.2). His three rushing touchdowns against the Wolfpack, in which Maryland sprinted to a 41-14 lead with points on its first six possessions, were the most by a Maryland player since 2010.

“The numbers that he’s put up … I feel like his play has been big throughout all the games we had this year,” linebacker Matt Robinson said.

Robinson, for his part, was named the conference’s linebacker of the week after tallying a career-high 17 tackles against North Carolina State, the second-most by a Maryland player this season, 3.5 of which went for a loss. Since converting this offseason from safety and shrugging off a career’s worth of shoulder problems, he has developed into arguably the defense’s most impressive performer this season at the “Sam” linebacker spot, adept in both run defense and pass coverage. His 70 tackles rank fourth on the team and his 10.0 tackles for a loss are third. Robinson has also recovered two fumbles this season.

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