Monday, August 23, 2010


(Corey "Philly" Brown photo by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State freshman wide receiver Corey Brown has been turning heads during fall camp, and at the speed he's moving, the youngster could be causing quite a few cases of whiplash.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound true freshman from Philadelphia is a game breaker, and he's been showing flashes of his brilliance ever since he arrived on the practice field earlier this month.

When describing Brown's abilities there seems to be a common theme — the kid has some quicks.

"Corey Brown is fast, I can say that much," OSU senior cornerback Devon Torrence said.

"Corey Brown is fast," Buckeyes junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor added. "I call him DeSean Jackson. He's good, he's good."

It's definitely not easy making a name for yourself at Ohio State as a true freshman, especially when you share a name with another Pennsylvania product on the roster — red-shirt freshman cornerback and Pittsburgh native, Corey Brown.

"We call him Philly Brown," OSU head coach Jim Tressel said about the receiver. "When somebody asks us about Corey Brown we kind of think of Pittsburgh Brown."

However, Tressel said that Philly Brown is making his own name.

"We think Philly Brown is going to be a great player," Tressel said. "He's gotten a lot of reps this summer because Dane (Sanzenbacher) was out a good bit. So Philly has had a lot of reps, a lot of opportunity, he's shown that he can make plays. He'll help us this year."

With DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher locked in at the No. 1 and No. 2 receiver spots, and senior Taurian Washington leading at the No. 3, Brown may not see a whole lot of time on the field as a receiver this fall. But that doesn't mean Brown's not going to make an impact as a freshman this season.

"I would say that if we had a game tomorrow you might see Philly and Jordan Hall back on punts as much or more as you might see DeVier and Dane," Tressel said.

During the OSU kick scrimmage a couple weekends ago, Philly Brown dazzled as a punt returner, taking one for 46 yards while displaying his great speed and escape ability on the jaunt.

Look for the Buckeyes to utilize Brown similar to the way they did Ted Ginn Jr. during his freshman season in 2004, by giving him some reps at receiver, returner and perhaps even a reverse or two. They actually used Brown on an end around during Saturday's jersey scrimmage, so the Ginn looks are definitely a possibility.

Tressel said that Brown looked like that (Ginn) type of player coming out of high school, and thus far, he is living up to those expectations.

"We thought he was a special guy," Tressel said about Brown coming out of high school. "He had great speed, comes from a very good program. I don't know, he was second or third in the state I think in the 100 meters. On film he looked electric.

"You just don't how guys are going to adjust being away from home and picking up new systems, but he's done a good job. Again, because he got those extra reps, all of a sudden when you know what you're doing and your physical abilities can take over."

If his physical abilities do take over, then the name Corey "Philly" Brown could "fast" become one to remember.

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