Since the Ohio State football program was established way back in the year of 1890, a lot of exciting players have been given the privilege to call themselves “Buckeyes”. A preliminary glance at all of the success that the prestigious program has had in its 123 year history is enough evidence to suggest that in itself. While there have been a stupendous amount of talented players over the years, only a hand full have really stood out as “exciting”. Since the turn of the century guys like Maurice Clarrett, Troy Smith, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Terrelle Pryor, Ted Ginn Jr., and Braxton Miller fit that billing very well. During the 2012 season, a man they call Corey or “Philly” Brown showed glimpses of such excitement as well.
Whether Brown was used to carry the rock, handle the duties of a wide receiver, or return kickoffs and punts, he was liable to make a big play whenever he got his hands on the football. Does this remind you of anyone in particular? Perhaps a guy like Percy Harvin, or another wide receiver that you could call a “triple-threat” guy? Here’s how Philly Brown’s numbers compare to former Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr ‘s in both he and Ginn’s junior season:
Tedd Ginn (2006): 59 receptions, 781 yards (13.4 AVG), 6 TDs, 3 carries, 17 yards (7.6 AVG), 0 TD
Corey Brown (2012): 60 receptions, 669 yards (11.2 AVG), 3 TDs; 11 carries, 96 yards (8.7 AVG), 1 TD
Sure Ginn had more yards receiving, more yards per catch, and more touchdowns than Brown did in 2012 but keep in mind the fact that he also had a Heisman-winning senior quarterback in Troy Smith throwing balls his way. Here’s the difference in the passing statistics of Troy Smith in 2006 and Braxton Miller in 2012.
Smith: 203/311 (65.3%), 2,542 yards (8.17 yards per attempt), 30 TDs, 6 INTs, and a 161.9 QB rating
Miller: 148/254 (58.3%), 2,039 yards (8.03 yards per attempt), 15 TDs, 6 INTs, and a 140.5 QB rating
As young Miller continues to mature as a quarterback Brown’s statistics will only improve as well. More repetitions will help Miller do just that. After all, while only throwing the ball 157 times in his freshman year he completed just 54.1% of his passes. With more repetitions as a sophomore (throwing the ball 254 times) Miller’s completion percentage increased by 4.7%.
Despite the differences in each one of the players mentioned above, however, at the end of the day they can all brag about the same thing. That is, they had the privilege to put on that scarlet and gray! I can’t wait to see the combination of Philly Brown, Braxton Miller, and a the type of talented players that Ohio State produce year after year in this upcoming season!
Go bless and GO BUCKS!!!