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Brandon Hogan

| | College: West Virginia
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Hogan is yet another example of a high school star on offense making the switch to the other side of the ball with aplomb. He was an All-Washington, D.C. Metro player as a quarterback for undefeated Manassas (passed for 2,536 yards, 32 TDs; rushed for 1,735 yards, 26 TDs) as a senior. Because of his lack of size, however, most colleges projected him as a defensive back - a move a bit slow in coming but very successful when it did.

Hogan actually began his career as a slot receiver, making 12 catches for 67 yards in 10 games (one start) as a freshman. But during preseason practices the following fall, his coaches noted how well he could backpedal and hit, so they convinced him to give the new spot a try.

It didn't take Hogan long to make an impact on defense, as he started nine times in 12 games played in 2008, making 60 tackles, intercepting three passes and breaking up seven others. His game took another step forward in 2009, earning first-team All-Big East honors with 74 tackles, an interception and 11 pass breakups. Despite missing two games of his senior year due to suspension, Hogan was named second-team all-conference with 37 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups.

Hogan also showed elusiveness with the ball in his hands by returning seven punts for 85 yards as a junior and 12 for 93 yards last fall. Adding that special teams acumen (he could be a contributor on special teams coverage units) to his knowledge of routes from his experience on offense, speed and physicality makes Hogan a very promising prospect who is capable of starting at the next level. Two arrests within the past year, however, may raise some red flags among teams, dropping his stock.


Strengths: Prototypical heady zone corner who attacks plays in front of him, allowing few yards after the catch. Quickly gets off his initial coverage to pick up short outs, but is still capable of going back to help his safety on deep outs. Does not give back down from any challenge on the outside. Quick, smooth backpedal, keeps some cushion between him and receiver until the route unveils itself. Watches for double moves and has the speed to stay with them. Aggressive in run support, reads and beats receiver blocks and flows downhill to the ball. Delivers a big enough hit to dislodge the ball from receivers if they have not yet secured the catch. Will undercut throws to intercept them if the quarterback does not look him off or is not on the money in tight quarters. Looks to make things happen after the interception, elusive runner in space. Very strong tackler for his size, will bring down big receivers by wrapping and churning his legs, not just chopping them down (though he's very effective as a cut tackler). Instinctual player willing to work on his game on the field and in the film room. Good punt return skills: owns solid hands, makes first defender miss with a quick move and can get the corner. Played through biceps injury most of 2010.

Weaknesses: Loses discipline at times, biting hard and taking direct angles to the ball without regard to his assignment on the play. His lack of height will hurt him downfield at the next level. Gets beat for big plays when trying to bait the quarterback downfield or sitting on short routes. Lacks great strength and height to outmuscle NFL receivers for the ball in the air. Great speed to recover if beaten, but over-aggressiveness and lack of size sometimes make it difficult to get back to his man in time to prevent a big play. Dances and runs backward too often on punt returns.

--Chad Reuter

2010 Season

As a three-year starter at cornerback, Brandon Hogan has proven he is one of the best in the BIG EAST Conference. The senior jump started West Virginia's win at Pitt by intercepting Tino Sunseri on the game's fifth play and returning the ball 53 yards to the two-yard line to set up WVU's first score. His stat line in the "Backyard Brawl" showed him with six tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass break up. The performance earned him the defensive champion honor as awarded by the WVU coaches and BIG EAST Player of the Week honors. For the season, Hogan finished third in the BIG EAST in passes defended with six pass breakups and three interceptions. He finished No. 7 in the league in interceptions.

In WVU's win over Cincinnati, Hogan played a key role with his second interception of the season that he returned 25 yards to set up a West Virginia touchdown. At Connecticut, he had five solo tackles and registered two pass breakups and recorded a season-high six tackles, including four solo stops at Marshall. Hogan turned in five tackles against Coastal Carolina with a pass breakup to go along with an interception in the end zone to stop a Coastal scoring threat.

In 46 career games, Hogan has recorded 171 total tackles, 24 pass breakups, seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

2009 Season

Honorable-mention All-American by SI.com … an all-BIG EAST Conference first-team selection by the league coaches and rivals.com … started all 13 games … saw action on more than 810 plays, including a season high 81 plays at Auburn … used on 70 or more plays in six games and 60 or more plays in nine games … third-leading tackler on the team with 74 total tackles, including a team-high 46 solo tackles … also had two tackles for loss, an interception return for 17 yards, a fumble recovery and a team-high 11 pass breakups … tied for No. 3 in the BIG EAST Conference in passes defended (12) and No. 22 in tackles … WVU Defensive Champion: East Carolina, Syracuse, Marshall, Pitt … WVU Special Teams Champion: Marshall … two double-figure tackle performances of 11 tackles against East Carolina and at Cincinnati … registered five or more tackles in seven games … registered three tackles against Florida State in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl … collected four tackles at Rutgers.

Tallied eight tackles, including six unassisted and two pass breakups against Pitt … team-high 11 tackles, including eight solo stops and a pass breakup at Cincinnati … collected four tackles against Louisville … had two punt returns for 13 yards with a long return of eight yards … finished with four tackles and a pass breakup at USF … had six tackles against UConn … registered five solo tackles, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and a 17-yard interception return against Marshall … had a 16-yard punt return against Marshall … posted two solo tackles and had a career-long 49-yard punt return at Syracuse … seven tackles and two pass breakups against Colorado … three solo stops, including a tackle for loss at Auburn … season-high 11 tackles and two pass breakups against East Carolina … six tackles, including four solo stops, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Liberty.

2008 Season

Played in 12 games and started nine … WVU Defensive Champion: Marshall, Auburn, Connecticut, Cincinnati … WVU Special Teams Champion: Connecticut … saw action on more than 650 plays, including a season-high 77 against Syracuse … used in 50 or more plays in 10 games … sixth-leading tackler on the team, collecting 60 tackles, including 40 solo stops, a team leading seven pass breakups, tied for the team lead with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries … second on the team in fumble recoveries and tied for second in breakups … season-high nine tackles, including six unassisted tackles and two pass breakups against Cincinnati … also had a team-leading nine tackles against USF, including seven solo stops and a pass breakup … eight tackles and a pass breakup at Louisville … six tackles, assisted on a sack and had an interception at Pitt … six tackles at Colorado, including unassisted tackles … four tackles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery against Marshall … collected four tackles, including three unassisted tackles against Syracuse … three tackles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions at Connecticut … registered five tackles against Rutgers … three tackles at East Carolina and against Auburn.

2007 Season

Played in 10 games with one start … saw action on more than 225 plays, including a season-high 55 against East Carolina … had 12 receptions for 67 yards with a long catch of 12 yards … season-high six catches for 44 yards with a long catch of 12 yards against East Carolina … four catches for 10 yards with a long reception of six yards at Syracuse … an 11-yard reception against Louisville.

Injury Report

2010: Missed the Champs Sports Bowl due to a torn left ACL suffered in the regular-season finale. … Played through a biceps injury for most of the season.

Off-Field Issues

2010: Arrested for DUI in October after being pulled over driving the wrong way down a one-way street. … In April, was cited for disorderly conduct and public urination, but was not arrested. … Missed most of 2010 spring practices due to academic issues.

2008: Missed the Meineke Car Care Bowl due to an unspecified "personal reason."

High School

Talented athlete from Osbourn (Va.) High … offensive player of the year for Coach Steve Schultze's 14-0 state champions … passed for 2,539 yards (32 TD) and rushed for 1,735 yards (26 TD) as a senior … also had a punt return for a score … two-year record of 24-2 … first team all-Cedar Run, all-region, all-metro and all-state … also a track letterman.


Birthday is April 1 … guardian is Karen Morris … enrolled in general studies.


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