NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops officially introduced Justin Brown, a senior transfer wideout from Penn State, Tuesday as the team's latest addition for the 2012 season.
Brown arrived in Oklahoma last night and practiced with the team for the first time Tuesday morning, working out without pads. NCAA rules won't allow him in pads until his third practice with the Sooners.
Brown chose to transfer from Penn State after, last month, the NCAA handed down harsh sanctions in response to the child abuse scandal that has plagued the school since last November.
As part of the NCAA's ruling, it allowed current Penn State players the option to transfer to any Football Bowl Subdivision program without sitting out the usually-required one season.
Stoops shot down a question about how he came into contact with Brown.
“I don't need to detail all that,” Stoops said. “That's a long time ago now.”
In Brown, Stoops adds another experienced receiver to a group needing seasoned pass-catchers for quarterback Landry Jones.
Brown had 35 receptions, 517 yards and two touchdowns last season at Penn State, but could see a vast increase in production as part of a more pass-oriented offensive system like Oklahoma's.
“He's been fighting his butt off in the Big 10 for three years; he's been productive,” Stoops said. “He's been awfully good and he was incredibly impressive out there in one day.
“He can run; he's got strong hands and he's a natural punt returner, which is something else we were really excited about with him.”
Stoops said the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brown would “absolutely” return punts for OU in 2012.