Maurer's September Numbers Among Nation's Best
Oct. 3, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - With the first five weekends of the college football season completed, Lafayette senior quarterback Brad Maurer has established himself as one of the top dual-threat signal callers in the nation.
Maurer is one of four quarterbacks in I-AA that has produced three games with at least 300 yards of total offense this year, and the only one from a league that is awarded an automatic bid to the I-AA Playoffs. He is joined on the list by Collin Drafts of Charleston Southern, Josh Johnson of San Diego and Tyler Thigpen of Coastal Carolina.
The senior set a career-high with 344 yards of total offense on Saturday against Yale, throwing for 282 yards and adding another 62 yards on the ground. He established new marks with 28 completions and 43 attempts against the Bulldogs and ended the game four yards shy of his career best in passing yards. Maurer was not sacked in the game and ran for a 27-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 30-27.
Maurer's previous best in total offense was set in the Leopards' 31-0 win at Bucknell in their Patriot League opener on Sept. 9. He was 12-of-19 passing for 252 yards and had 73 rushing yards, with 72 of them coming on a career-long touchdown run in the first quarter. Maurer averaged 11.61 yards per play against the Bison (325 yards, 28 plays), the second-highest total in the country this season of the 42 individual performances with at least 300 yards of offense.
He was 23-of-36 for 286 yards, all career-highs at the time, and ran for 27 more to account for 313 yards of total offense vs. Penn in the debut of Fisher Stadium. Maurer has taken to the FieldTurf surface, averaging 284 yards passing and 44.5 rushing (328.5 yards total) in two games in Lafayette's new home.
Maurer is 13th in the nation in total offense this season, averaging 232.0 yards per game. He is ranked in the top 20 among active players in I-AA in seven categories, including completion percentage (10th, 61.0 percent) and total offense (17th, 4,949 yards).
A Marquis Scholar, the highest level of scholarship awarded at Lafayette, Maurer has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II team two straight years, and is receiving consideration for national scholar-athlete awards and postgraduate scholarships from the National Football Foundation and the NCAA.
Maurer has also worked on two EXCEL Scholar research projects - in neuroscience with Professor Wendy Hill, and Latin American music with Professor George Torres. He will be showcased in a presentation by Professor Hill to the Board of Trustees on neuroscience later this month.
The Leopards enter their bye week in the throes of a three-game losing streak for the first time since the middle of the 2003 season. Head coach Frank Tavani will run his team through three days of practice before giving them the weekend off, then resume practice on Monday as the student-athletes are on fall break.
Lafayette will travel to Harvard, which enters this weekend's game with Cornell ranked No. 19 by The Sports Network, for a 12:30 kickoff from Harvard Stadium on Oct. 14. The Crimson are riding a seven-game winning streak going back to the last four games of the 2005 season.
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