Corey “Philly” Brown has his nickname for three reasons. One, is that there are two Corey Brown’s on the roster. Two is that both of them are from the state of Pennsylvania and three is that Philly is from the Philadelphia area. The other Corey Brown is from Pittsburgh and the players refer to him as “Pitt”.
This year could feel like deja vu when we had a really mobile quarterback in Troy Smith and a really amazing wide out in Ted Ginn Jr. with Braxton Miller filling the role of Smith and Brown playing the role of Ginn. Hopefully, with Urban Meyer on the right sideline this time, the 2013 story will end a lot better than that nightmare in the desert seven and half years ago.
Corey Brown comes to The Ohio State University from Cardinal O’Hara High School in Upper Darby Pennsylvania. Like the vast majority of athletes that come to Ohio State and contribute, he was a beast in high school. He holds his county record in the 200m dash and was selected for the Under Armor All-Star game in 2010. He had over three thousand yards rushing and over fifteen hundred yards in receptions leading to an all-state selection in football two times in his high school career. He was also all-state in track.
Corey arrived at Ohio State in 2010 and he played in all thirteen games as a freshman. He caught eight passes for 105 yards. His best game as a freshman came against Purdue, where he caught two passes for thirty eight yards.
2011 was a strange season for everyone in the Buckeye nation. You had a rookie quarterback who wasn’t expecting to play, the previous guy went to the Raiders in the supplemental draft and hasn’t been heard from since. Brown only played in nine games in 2011 and only recorded fourteen receptions but this earned him the Paul Warfield award for being the best receiver on the 2011 Buckeyes. Even though the receiving corps was very under utilized during 2011 it was a valuable year of experience. Once the Gator Bowl ended, Corey and the rest of the team would transition from the old to the new.
When Urban Meyer described the receiving corps at Ohio State as a “Clown Show” shortly after his arrival he was telling the truth. The receivers would improve greatly between Urban’s arrival and the end of the 2012 season.
Corey Brown would win his second Paul Warfield award in 2012 and this time there was no asterisk, or raised eyebrows with it because in 2012, he had a great season. In 2012, Brown was Ohio State’s leading receiver with sixty receptions for 669 yards. As Miller developed as a passer, Brown too has blossomed as a receiver. He accounted for 986 all purpose yards, trailing only Miller and Carlos Hyde. His best games of the year were against teams from that state up north, going for 95 yards and 8 receptions against scUM and getting 12 receptions against Sparty at East Lansing.
In the 2013 spring game Brown was an important contributor catching 5 balls for 25 yards and a touchdown.
In 2013, Corey Brown will be an important wide receiver. He and Devin Smith should get the majority of Braxton’s attempts. He will be running the slot and middle routes and has proven that he can make the tough catch and take the big hit.
Corey Brown is also an amazing story, he is in the top 25 receivers in Ohio State history in career receptions. If he matches last years totals he will wind up in the top five in school history in this category. If he had played with a veteran quarterback in an offense that wasn’t run by the walrus he would be mentioned in the same conversation with the greatest receivers in Ohio State history. When the award for the best receiver is named for Paul Warfield, that is elite company.