Over the next two weeks, NIUHuskies.com will preview every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the wide receivers. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Wednesday's position group: defensive line.
2013: Leads the team in receiving yards with 689 on 42 catches with nine touchdowns this season...Recorded career-highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (209) including two touchdowns in a huge day against Ball State (11-13)...Also caught a career-long pass of 58 yards against the Cardinals...Tallied three receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns versus Eastern Michigan (10-26)...Had two receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown at Kent State (10-5)...Tallied a career-high 99 yards on seven receptions versus Eastern Illinois (9-21)...Made seven grabs for 92 yards to lead all NIU receivers at Iowa (8-31), including a 33-yard pass for a game-tying touchdown...Led NIU in receiving yards in with 57 yards on five catches and a touchdown at Idaho (9-14)...Recorded 53 yards on four catches with two touchdowns at Purdue (9-29), including a 15-yard pass that gave NIU the lead in the first quarter...Made three catches for 51 yards versus Akron (10/12)...Caught two passes for 18 yards at Central Michigan (10/19).
2012: Hauled in 17 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Finished the season with at least one catch in five of the last seven games. Accounted for 51 yards on three touches against Kent State (11-30) in the MAC Championship game. Caught two passes for 37 yards, including a 25-yard reception, and gained 14 yards on one carry versus the Golden Flashes. Caught a career-high two touchdowns in a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan (10-27). Finished the day with a career-best four catches against the Broncos. Added a 12-yard rushing touchdown versus Buffalo (10-13). Hauled in a season-high three passes for 32 yards against UT-Martin (9-8). Grabbed one pass each against Army (9-15), Kansas (9-22) and Ball State (10-6).
2011: As a redshirt freshman, finished fourth on the team in receptions with 24 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Made 11 tackles as a member of the Huskies' kickoff and punt units. Had two catches for 21 yards against Ball State (11-15). Caught two passes for 48 yards at Bowling Green (11-8). Made three grabs for 56 yards and a touchdown at Toledo (11-1). His 25-yard catch set up a Huskie touchdown, while his 16-yard touchdown catch came in the third quarter. Named the Special Teams Player of the Week against Western Michigan (10-15) after making two tackles. Hauled in two passes for 25 yards against Kent State (10-8). Caught five passes for 63 yards, both career-highs, versus Central Michigan (10-1). Made three catches for 46 yards against Wisconsin. Hauled in two receptions for 28 yards against Kansas (9-10), including a 10-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter for his first career TD.
2010: Redshirted as a true freshman. Honored as the Northern Illinois Offensive Work Team Player of the Year at the annual football awards banquet. Named the NIU work team player of the week a team-high three times - for the Illinois (9-18), Central Michigan (10-23) and Ball State (11-20) contests.
High School: A first team All-City selection his junior and senior years. Special Mention Chicago Tribune All-State quarterback as a senior. First team all-area and all-conference selection in 2008 and 2009 and also picked up all-Illini Prairie first team honors as a sophomore. Team MVP and captain his final two years. Named an Old Spice RedZone Player of the Year as a junior. Averaged 12.2 yards per carry with 1,800 yards on 147 carries as a senior. Scored 23 rushing touchdowns in 2009 while setting the Morgan Park career record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 41. Also set the school record for rushing yards by a QB with 1,900 yards on 213 carries and 18 scores as a junior. Totaled 3,700 rushing yards on 360 carries in 22 games his final two seasons. In the air, completed 115-of-172 passes for 1,200 yards with four interceptions and 13 touchdown passes his senior season. In 2008, completed 214-of-300 passes for 1,400 yards and a 71.3 completion percentage with 16 scores. Caught 15 passes for 415 yards and four TDs as a senior to average 27 yards per catch. As a sophomore, caught 45 passes for 789 yards and 12 scores. Also returned four kickoffs for 78 yards. The Mustangs won conference championships each of his three seasons and were the city champions and state quarterfinalists his sophomore year. With Brown under center, Morgan Park posted a 9-3 record in 2009 and an 8-5 mark in 2008. Also an All-State hurdler who contended for the state championship in the 110 high hurdles.
Personal: Born Sept. 21, 1991 in Chicago, Ill. Son of Denise Colman and Ron Brown. Majoring in sociology.
BROWN'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Catches: 8, vs. Ball State, 11-13-13 Receiving Yards: 209, vs. Ball State, 11-13-13 Touchdowns: 2, three times, last vs. Ball State, 11-13-13 Long Gain: 58, vs. Ball State, 11-13-13