Oklahoma football: Penn State transfer Justin Brown having a huge impact for OU

The OU receiver already has as many catches in this season as he had in any season at Penn State.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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Then, of course, he had his breakout game at receiver on Saturday. He had seven catches for 107 yards and one circus touchdown catch. He hauled in the touchdown even though the defender guarding him tipped the ball right before it reached Brown.

His quick reaction made the catch No. 2 on ESPN's Top 10 plays.

“I guess that's cool,” Brown said, “that people were able to see it.”

He shrugged.

“Other than that, I'm not too worried about it.”

Brown, if you couldn't tell, does not fit the mold of flamboyant receiver. He doesn't brag on himself. He doesn't die his hair or wear gaudy looks, unless a diamond stud earring and a “THANK YOU GOD” silicone bracelet are considered flashy.

Despite coming in so late — he didn't arrive on campus until after practice began this season — he has continued to have a bigger and bigger impact for OU. Sooner quarterback Landry Jones says he's felt a growing connection with Brown since the Kansas State game, and the numbers bear that out.

Six catches for 48 yards vs. K-State.

Three catches for 19 yards vs. Texas Tech.

Five catches for 73 yards vs. Texas.

Four catches for 72 yards vs. Kansas

Four catches for 42 yards vs. Notre Dame.

Then came the big seven-catch game vs. Iowa State.

He already has as many catches this season as he ever had in any season at Penn State, which wasn't known for its passing attack. At OU, Brown has had a chance to shine.

“I'm not really so worried about me and my performance individually,” he said. “The main thing is to go out there and get a win.”

True enough, but even though he may not say it, Brown deserved to have a good senior season. It's difficult to imagine all of the things that he and his teammates endured last season. The daily uncertainty wondering what hammer would drop next. The satellite trucks staking out their practice facility. The cloud hanging over their team.

Even though the Nittany Lions kept playing, it became a season lost.

Now, Brown is enjoying his best fall ever.

Good for him.

Really good.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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