Oklahoma football: New wideout Justin Brown excited to work with quarterback Landry Jones

Although Penn State used a run-oriented offense, Brown was a big-play man when the Nittany Lions threw the football.
by Jason Kersey and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 8, 2012

For Justin Brown, the opportunity to work with a quarterback who has experienced success like Landry Jones has is exciting, he said Monday.

Brown, a senior wide receiver who transferred from Penn State, is already making a big impression on his teammates and coaches. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout comes from a more run-oriented offense, but he did show an ability to make big plays last year when he had opportunities.

He was also dealing with uncertainty and changes at the quarterback position throughout the season.

Last year, Brown spent some time in the slot because of injuries, although his big frame would seem more suited for a position split out wide. OU is, of course, seeking to replace its main slot guy from last year, now-Detroit Lion Ryan Broyles.

True freshman Sterling Shepard is expected to see time in the slot, and junior Kenny Stills has also worked there, in addition to playing outside in practices, a source said.

Stills tried his hand at slot last year after Broyles' season-ending ACL tear, but he struggled to develop the same chemistry with Jones that Broyles had.


Linebackers coach Tim Kish said junior Tom Wort, who has battled various injuries during his OU career, is a little dinged up during practices, but that it isn't serious enough to keep him off the field.

“We're trying to give everybody equal reps to keep him fresh,” Kish said. “At the same time, he needs those reps, so it's a fine line to how much you involve him in the camp.”

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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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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