OU football: Penn State receiver Justin Brown considering transfer to Oklahoma

Penn State wide receiver Justin Brown has been in contact with Oklahoma coaches and could announce in the coming days that he'll transfer there, he confirmed to The Oklahoman.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 2, 2012

— The Penn State saga might take on a whole new meaning for Oklahoma in the coming days.

OU could find itself part — albeit a small one — of the ongoing tragedy, as a piece of one Nittany Lion's healing process.

Wide receiver Justin Brown has been in contact with Oklahoma coaches and could announce in the coming days that he'll transfer there, he confirmed to The Oklahoman.

Brown said he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but in all likelihood, he'll make a decision sooner rather than later; Oklahoma begins fall practices Friday morning, and Penn State starts Monday. Current Penn State players were given the option to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision school without having to sit out the usual one year.

The transfer option for current players was part of the iron-fisted NCAA sanctions brought down in the aftermath of the Penn State child abuse scandal, which ended with former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky convicted on dozens of charges and former coach Joe Paterno's once-sterling legacy in tatters.

“I'm not close to a decision,” Brown said in a brief telephone interview.

Brown, who has also been in contact with Cincinnati and Illinois, was Penn State's leading receiver last season, grabbing 35 receptions, 517 yards and two touchdowns as a junior in the team's run-first offense.

The new offensive system under first-year coach and former New England Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien, though, could have been better for his skill set, said George Kosanovich, his coach at Concord High School in Wilmington, Del.

“I thought this was going to be his breakout year at Penn State because of the change in offense,” Kosanovich said. “I thought Justin would have a better opportunity to get open and catch the ball, and show what he can do with the ball after he catches it.”

He could have the same opportunity, though, at Oklahoma, where Brown could slide into a wide receiver corps heavy on talent, but light on experience.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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