Of the many improbable players to reach the end zone for Maryland this season, Haroon Brown is arguably the most unlikely.
He doesn't play a glamor position. He probably isn't the shiftiest fellow. And he owned all of a single career touch entering last week's rout of Wake Forest.
But sure enough, the junior fullback caught a three-yard touchdown to set off a particularly raucous celebration among his teammates.
"It didn't seem real at first," Brown said. "We practice that, and it felt the same way as practice."
Needless to say, Brown hadn't collected six points in a while. A long while. Like nearly four years.
"Yeah, a long time," Brown said. "Since I was wearing blue and gold [at Phoebus High School]. That long."
The touchdown was an added treat to a renaissance season for Brown, who redshirted last year and started three games earlier this season while Taylor Watson was still working his way back from ACL surgery.
Watson is back atop the depth chart, but Brown still has a place on a weekly basis and has played in every game. More importantly, Maryland is 6-2 entering its trip to Miami.
"Winning is the only thing that matters," Brown said. "Whatever happens inside of there is not relevant. Whatever we have to do to win, I'm all down for that."
Of course, the occasional glory of a touchdown isn't all that bad, either. Brown also had his first career carry last week, a 4-yard jaunt that no doubt reminded him of barreling over defensive linemen while he was still in high school.
He had 21 touchdowns as a senior at Phoebus. And when the topic of when his next score would come, Brown broke into a big grin and offered an easy answer.
"Probably --- what's today, Wednesday?" Brown said. "You'll probably see one in three days. They're contagious, man. Once you get one, you have to get another one."