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OU football: Penn State transfer Justin Brown might be in Norman by Monday

Senior wide receiver is turning down interview requests, but he is responding to tweets, both positive and negative
by Jason Kersey Published: August 5, 2012

Those big-play skills were on display in his last Penn State game. Early in the second quarter of the Nittany Lions' TicketCity Bowl loss to Houston, Brown received a punt inside the 10-yard line, escaped the four Cougars in his vicinity and jumped over another for what was originally called a 92-yard return touchdown before being overturned; it was determined Brown stepped out of bounds.

In the third quarter of the bowl game, Brown ran a post route, caught the ball in stride just over an opponent's outstretched arms and outran the Houston defense for a 69-yard touchdown, his only catch that day.

In a win last season over Purdue, Brown reached out on a deep ball to snag a one-handed catch for a big gain.

Brown's downfield opportunities were limited in the Penn State run-first offense, though; he made four or more receptions in just seven of the 37 games in which he appeared at Penn State.

He eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark only once in his PSU career: a six-reception, 106-yard performance as a sophomore in a home loss to Michigan State.

Despite being the new guy, Brown, who at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds will be OU's biggest wide receiver, will likely get an early shot at playing time due to the relative inexperience of the Sooners' receiving corps. In a pass-oriented offense, Kosanovich said, Brown could flourish.

“I've seen him make so many outstanding catches in high school,” Kosanovich said. “Sliding, reaching back or way over his head. He did that in high school. I know the ball being delivered is a little bit different in college, but I know what he can do with his hands.

“I think he's just going to do an outstanding job down there.”

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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