So, Wes Brown, had you ever done that before?
More specifically, had you ever lost a pair of fumbles in a half.
“Not twice in one half,” Brown said with a grin.
But twice in a game?
“Yeah, twice in a game before,” Brown said. “But not after a turnover like that.”
It was the second turnover in the 36-27 defeat of Temple that was the most noticeable. It came one play after Maryland blocked a field goal to prevent the Owls from closing within a possession. It led to a Temple touchdown that narrowed the Terrapins’ lead to 29-27.
And Brown, however easy-going and relaxed he was Wednesday, was not quite so calm then.
“I was fuming,” Brown said. “I felt like I was ready to go off. For a minute as I was coming off, I wanted to throw my helmet. We were on film, so I didn’t want to do that. I was pretty angry. I didn’t want to make the Not Top 10.”
Instead, he just vowed to get better after his seven-carry, 50-yard outing.
When he went in for treatment this week, he clutched a ball and squeezed it.
And when he went onto the practice field, he had one extra thought in mind than usual.
“It used to be run faster, run harder,” Brown said. “Now, I’ve been doing that and saying ‘Hold on to the ball while you do it.’ I squeeze it tighter. Coming into traffic, I cover up with two hands.”
It is, to be sure, a commonplace thing and probably not something Brown figured he’d prioritize after his first college rushing experience.
“It’s the simple things that make you great,” Brown said.
—- Patrick Stevens