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Jonathan Brown, OLB

School: Illinois  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Memphis, TN
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 238 lbs.
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Player News
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jonathan Brown,...Brown had a huge senior season, leading the team and ranking second in the conference in tackles with 119, and ranking third in the Big Ten with 15.0 tackles for loss. He also added 5.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble on the season.

For his career, Brown made 317 tackles including 45.5 TFLs, the third-most in school history, and 14.0 sacks. It marks the third time Brown has been an all-conference selection, as he was an honorable mention pick by the media in 2012 and was a second-team media selection and honorable mention coaches selection in 2011. - Illinois football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Jonathan Brown, Illinois, Linebacker...Brown had a huge senior season, leading the team and ranking second in the conference in tackles with 119, and ranking third in the Big Ten with 15.0 tackles for loss. He also added 5.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble on the season. - Illinois football

11/21/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 12 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: LB Jonathan Brown, Illinois...Illinois has only three wins on the season and you won't find a lot of next level talent on the current roster. The only Illini prospect who will probably hear his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft is Brown, but his senior season has been almost as disappointing as Illinois' 3-7 record. He leads the team in almost every defensive category, including tackles (94), tackles for loss (11.5), sacks (4.0), interceptions (1) and passes defended (4). But while the stat sheet looks impressive, Brown's on-field play leaves a lot to be desired, something that showed against Ohio State on Saturday.

He looked indecisive with Braxton Miller's dual-threat ability and needs to do a better job trusting his eyes and being more decisive in his movements. Brown was penalized for roughing the passer after a clear late hit on Miller, something that won't help the stigma of him being a dirty player. He is a physical striker and even stopped running back Carlos Hyde behind the line of scrimmage for Hyde's first negative run this season, but overall, he isn't as dominant as his production might lead one to believe. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Jonathan Brown notched 14 tackles in the win over Cincinnati, the eighth double-digit tackle game of his career. Brown has 22 stops in two games and is primed for a big senior year, as long as he avoids the injuries which sidetracked him in 2012. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2013 - Scouting the Illinois run defense: The front seven wasn't quite as good last week, allowing Cincinnati to rush for 148 yards on 32 tries, although they did come up with a huge goal-line stand in the third quarter. They'll have to win the scrimmage line this week or Washington's Bishop Sankey will have a big game. - The Sports Xchange

08/22/2013 - LB Jonathan Brown is on the Butkus Award watch list, one of three awards he's been first-listed for this summer. Brown, who had 59 tackles in 2012 despite missing four full games and parts of three others with nagging injuries, is also on the Nagurski and Bednarik Award lists. When last healthy in 2011, Brown notched 108 tackles 19 1/2 for loss and six sacks. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP ILLINOIS PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OLB Jonathan Brown (6-1, 235, 4.65)...A 2012 Butkus Award finalist and All-Big Ten honorable mention, Brown led the Illini defense in TFL (9.5) despite missing the final three games of the year due to shoulder injury. Possessing a long, athletic frame and impressive physicality at the point of attack, Brown offers the versatility to line up at multiple LB spots, and offers good support both against the run and in coverage. His explosive first step, good angles to the ball and early diagnostics against the run put him around the football constantly, and he exhibits technical precision as a tackler when asked to break down and wrap his target low.

He also displays impressive suddenness and maintains top speed when asked to change direction on the move. As for areas of needed improvement, Brown tends to freeze in space at times when asked to drop into zone as he'll lock onto the quarterback, and lose a feel for what's going on around him, but he's fluid in reverse and gets his hips upfield quickly in transition, so there are some physical attributes that suggest he has substantial upside as a cover 'backer. He'll be returning from a shoulder injury in 2013 so he'll need to display the physicality that he left off with in order to be considered one of the class's top OLB prospects for 2014. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/12/2013 - GOOD PLAYERS ON NOT SO GOOD TEAMS: 1) Jonathan Brown, LB, Illinois. The Illini's season was already a wreck when Brown, their best player, went down with an injured shoulder against Ohio State and missed the last three games. He finished the season with 59 tackles and led the team in tackles for a loss with 9.5. Year 2 under coach Tim Beckman could be another rough one for Illinois, but expect Brown to go out with a bang as a senior. - Ralph D. Russo, AP Sports

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Jonathan Brown, Illinois...Brown has now been named to three preseason watch lists this month, as he was named to the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award defensive player of the year watch lists last week. Brown also has been named to the College Football Performance Awards linebacker watch list and was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.

Brown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2012 despite missing the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury and missing significant portions of four other games due to injury. Brown was leading the Illini with 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks before having his season cut short. He had a breakout 2011 season, earning All-Big Ten honors with 108 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He ranked sixth in the nation in TFLs per game (1.63) and led the Big Ten in TFLs per game during conference play (2.07). - Illinois football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Jonathan Brown, Illinois...Brown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2012 despite missing the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury and missing significant portions of four other games due to injury. Brown was leading the Illini with 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks before having his season cut short.

Brown had a breakout 2011 season, earning All-Big Ten honors with 108 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He ranked sixth in the nation in TFLs per game (1.63) and led the Big Ten in TFLs per game during conference play (2.07). - Illinois football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Jonathan Brown, Illinois, LB...It marks Brown's second preseason watch list this week, as he was named to the Bednarik Award defensive player of the year list on Monday, and his fourth preseason honor overall heading into the 2013 season, which starts Aug. 31 when the Illini host Southern Illinois. Brown also has been named to the College Football Performance Awards linebacker watch list and was a preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.

Brown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2012 despite missing the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury and missing significant portions of four other games due to injury. Brown was leading the Illini with 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks before having his season cut short. He had a breakout 2011 season, earning All-Big Ten honors with 108 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He ranked sixth in the nation in TFLs per game (1.63) and led the Big Ten in TFLs per game during conference play (2.07). - Illinois football

 
 
Player News
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Jonathan Brown,...Brown had a huge senior season, leading the team and ranking second in the conference in tackles with 119, and ranking third in the Big Ten with 15.0 tackles for loss. He also added 5.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble on the season.

For his career, Brown made 317 tackles including 45.5 TFLs, the third-most in school history, and 14.0 sacks. It marks the third time Brown has been an all-conference selection, as he was an honorable mention pick by the media in 2012 and was a second-team media selection and honorable mention coaches selection in 2011. - Illinois football

 

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