Monday, October 25, 2010

'PHILLY' BROWN IMPRESSING; 'PITTSBURGH' BROWN MAY BE DONE

Corey "Philly" Brown runs for 18 yards on an end around during the Buckeyes 49-0 win over Purdue on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State true freshman wide receiver, Corey "Philly" Brown, is fast becoming an impact player for the No. 11 Buckeyes offense.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound track star from just outside of Philadelphia is beginning to settle into his role as the No. 3 wide receiver  — behind senior Dane Sanzenbacher and junior DeVier Posey — and he's displaying those speedy attributes that made him a state champion sprinter at Cardinal O'Hara (Pa.) High School.

"I've got pretty good speed, I run pretty good routes," Brown smiled. "I try my hardest to block. I'm just trying to get out there and be a role player."

During the Buckeyes 49-0 rout of Purdue on Saturday, Brown was the quintessential "role player," doing a little bit of everything from running an end around for 18 yards to hauling in a couple of big passes from quarterback Terrelle Pryor, most notably a leaping 15-yard touchdown snag in the second quarter — the first of his collegiate career.

Brown said that he didn't realize at the time that he had just scored his first touchdown as a Buckeye.

"Terrelle made a good throw to me and I jumped up and caught it," Brown said. "I thought I was stopped at the one-yard line, which made me mad. But DeVier came over and slapped me on my helmet, so I know I had scored.

"It was wild."

More wild than destroying the competition at the 2010 Pennsylvania state championships? When asked which is more memorable, Brown didn't hesitate to answer.

"The touchdown, definitely," Brown laughed. "The state championship, that's phenomenal and I'll always remember that. But your first collegiate touchdown? You've got to remember that one!"

Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel was impressed with Brown's ability to go up after the ball down o at the goal line.

"That was nice seeing him go up in the air," Tressel said of Brown. "That's the thing you have to have down at the goal line, you don't have enough depth to throw it over linebackers and drop it in, so you've got to have people that can go up in the air and make plays and that was nice to see him do that."

Brown, who now has six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown this season, is thankful that the OSU coaches are beginning to trust him more and allowing the freshman to showcase his skills out on the field.

"I'm glad that Coach (Darrell) Hazell is giving me the chance to play," Brown said. "We put a lot of work into it all, all of us freshman have."

Brown is also thankful for the veterans who have shown him the way.

"Our training here is phenomenal," Brown said. "DeVier and I worked on routes every day this summer. He had me put my head in the playbook, too. That's when you can play at your highest level, when you're comfortable knowing the plays."

In order for the Buckeyes to continue progressing offensively, Brown must become even more of a factor during these final four weeks of the season. His speed and athleticism is Ted Ginn-like, and a player such as Brown can make the field more wide open for the Buckeyes — which will not only help the passing game, but the running attack, as well.

It appears that the coaches are well aware of that fact and will continue to utilize Brown more and more as the season moves forward.

To see Philly Brown's TBT postgame video, click here.

Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COREY "PITTSBURGH" BROWN MAY BE DONE ... Redshirt freshman defensive back, Corey Brown — also known as Pittsburgh Brown — may be done for the season after suffering a serious left knee injury in the final minutes of Saturday's win over Purdue.

Tressel didn't sound too optimistic about Brown's prognosis over the weekend.

"You know, Corey Brown has been a guy that's come a long, and you could just see he's really going to help you," Tressel said. "I'm afraid we won't have him for a bit."

We'll probably know more about Brown's status on Tuesday.

He has recorded five tackles in seven games played this season.