OU football: Coach Todd Berry, backup Brayle Brown among Louisiana-Monroe's Oklahoma connections

Warhawks' Oklahoma connections go much deeper than their head coach, Todd Berry.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2013
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photo - Louisiana-Monroe Coach Todd Berry talks with players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Auburn, Ala.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Louisiana-Monroe Coach Todd Berry talks with players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Louisiana-Monroe's Oklahoma connections go much deeper than its head coach, Todd Berry.

Berry went back to his home state to recruit a quarterback two years ago, signing Shawnee's Brayle Brown.

Brown entered camp as the Warhawks' backup quarterback to returning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year Kolton Browning before suffering what is said to be a minor injury late in fall camp.

He isn't likely to see action at quarterback, though he could serve as the Warhawks holder, against Oklahoma but figures to be the backup to Browning once he returns to full strength.

Brown played in five games last season as a redshirt freshman.

Brown's senior season in 2010 was one to forget. The Wolves moved up to Class 6A and Brown suffered a shoulder injury midway through the season and couldn't throw the rest of the season. He did return at receiver before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.

But Brown was sensational as a junior, throwing for 2,688 yards, rushing for 894 and accounting for 42 total touchdowns in helping the Wolves to an undefeated regular season while playing for his dad, Shawnee coach Billy Brown.

Brown isn't the only Oklahoman on the Warhawks' roster.

Three offensive linemen are from Oklahoma — Jeremy Burton of Muskogee, Colby Mitchell of Bartlesville and Ben Risenhoover of Jenks.

Risenhoover is expected to start at right guard. Burton and Mitchell are listed as backups.

Linebacker Ray Stovall of Tulsa Washington started Monroe's final 10 games last season.

Stovall, who had 63 tackles as a sophomore last year, is listed atop the depth chart.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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