Final countdown: Impact player No. 7
August, 25, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Training camp is over and game preparations have begun. The torture of the offseason is nearly over, and Ohio State's first game under Urban Meyer is closing in. Leading up to the opener against Miami (Ohio), BuckeyeNation will count down the 10 players that figure to have the biggest impact on Meyer's first campaign, continuing with a wide receiver looking to make an impact in the spread offense.
COREY "PHILLY" BROWN
COREY "PHILLY" BROWN
- POSITION: Wide receiver
- BASICS: A bit banged up in the spring, the junior wasn't able to really show off his speed and playmaking ability on the perimeter for the new coaching staff. At full strength, the 6-foot, 186-pounder has turned heads with his quickness and earned the designation from Urban Meyer as the No. 1 wideout on the roster.
- BY THE NUMBERS: Like the other returning targets, Brown doesn't have the most extensive resume -- but he did tie for the team lead in catches as a sophomore. Over two seasons, he's got 22 receptions to his credit for 310 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
- OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT: The desire to find playmakers at receiver in the new spread offense has been well documented, and Meyer appears to have found a couple that he likes in August. Brown has put himself at the top of the list, and he's also presented himself as an option for the hybrid pivot position with his elusive ability as a runner in the open field. How often the Buckeyes might use him in that role remains to be seen, particularly with Jordan Hall expected to fill it when he returns from injury after the first couple games. But Brown figures to see the ball plenty in the passing game, and he's in line to easily surpass the 14 grabs he had last year.
- HE SAID IT: "‘Philly’ Brown, he’s done an unbelievable job, he’s a different player really than he was in the spring. He was hurt in the spring, so I probably didn’t have an opportunity to see the 100 percent ‘Philly’ Brown, but he’s 100 percent right now and he looks pretty good. ... Really, 'Philly' has come back and now you see what I hoped to see in the spring when he was about 80 percent." -- wide receivers coach Zach Smith