Oklahoma football: Justin Brown has a home in Oklahoma

Penn State transfer impressed with the spectacle that surrounds Sooner football.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 9, 2012

Brown has stepped in where the Sooners need a playmaker.

Just look at his big-play skills as a punt returner. Brown compiled 102 total punt return yards. That's 19th most in a game in Oklahoma history.

Beyond record books, though, fans watched him rake in the yardage while breaking tackles twice for big runs.

Fans thought they saw their first punt return for a touchdown since Ryan Broyles did so against Oklahoma State in 2009. In the first quarter, Brown pulled in a punt at FAMU's 47-yard line, avoided tackles, and saw an open hole. He did make it to the end zone, but game officials ruled that Brown stepped out of bounds at the 4-yard line.

Coach Bob Stoops compared Brown to All-American defensive back and punt returner J.T. Thatcher, who played on the 2000 national championship team Thatcher was a player who would run through defenders on the return.

“He's not a guy you get a hold of his jersey and swing him down,” Stoops said of Brown.

No, he's not. You know why? Because he was a Penn State player who's already been grabbed and swung around.

On Saturday night, Brown tore up a little grass during his Owen Field debut. He followed the spectacle of Boomer and Sooner by making some big plays, collecting some yards.

“I guess that's just how they do it down here,” Brown said of the ponies. “I can get used to that.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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