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Courtney Brown

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200 | College: Cal Poly
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The former wide receiver found a home in the Mustangs secondary in 2003, and then made a remarkable recovery from a left knee injury to establish himself as one of the elite players in the collegiate ranks. Brown proved time and again that he is a stellar shutdown cornerback, as he not only matched the school single-season record for interceptions (seven) in 2005, but he also did not allow any touchdown receptions in his last two years as a starter.

Brown was an All-League defensive back at St. Mary's College High School, where he earned two letters in football as a receiver and defensive back. He also competed in track-and-field, qualifying for the state high school finals. In the classroom, he was a four-year Honor Roll member.

Brown enrolled at Cal Poly in 2002, where he played in eight games as a reserve receiver. He gained 139 yards on nine receptions (15.4 avg), with a long of 50. The following season, Brown shifted to the defensive backfield, starting six of eight games at left cornerback. He played behind Kenny Chicoine during the first two games and then went on to post 16 tackles (15 solos) with two interceptions. He would sit out the final three contests with an ankle sprain.

A left knee anterior cruciate tear in the 2004 season opener against Humboldt State put Brown on the shelf for the rest of the schedule. He returned to action in 2005, shifting to right cornerback, where he was credited with seven interceptions. He earned All-Great West Football Conference first-team honors while totaling 44 tackles (27 solos) and 12 pass deflections.

Brown earned All-Great West Football Conference first-team accolades again in 2006. He came up with 51 tackles (33 solos) and seven pass break-ups. He also had an interception and 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage while allowing just 29 receptions with no touchdowns.

In 41 games at Cal Poly, Brown started 31 contests. He recorded 111 tackles (75 solos) with 1.5 stops for minus-2 yards. He deflected 22 passes and intercepted 10 others for 63 yards in returns. He also gained 139 yards on nine receptions (15.4 avg).


Positives: Hard work during the 2006 off-season saw Brown increase his bulk and improve his overall muscle definition … Has a tight waist with tapered thighs and calves, long arms and adequate chest thickness … Generally lines up against the opponent's best receiver and shows good confidence in his ability as a shutdown cornerback (did not allow any receptions in three games in 2006) … Builds to top speed in a hurry and shows good open-field acceleration to close on the ball … Has above average agility, balance and body control, along with adequate hip snap to stay tight on the receiver throughout the route … Best when utilized in man or press coverage, but needs to show better aggression in run support … Product of the weight room, demonstrating better force behind his hits in 2006 than he did in the past … Self-starter who prefers his own privacy, but is well-respected by the staff and liked by his teammates … Reads the pass quickly and does a good job of recognizing the routes … Instinctive open-field tackler who has the hand strength to press and reroute the receiver … Uses his speed well to lock on and mirror the receiver in one-one-one situations … Smooth and effortless runner who reads the quarterback's release quickly and redirects to the ball in a flash … Shows good zone awareness, striking and jolting the receivers with force in press coverage … Has the catch-up speed and range to get to the ball immediately in pursuit … Adjusts to the receiver's moves well and shows the burst to close on plays in front of him … Shows natural hand extension to catch the ball outside the frame and has the speed to recover and get back in the play when he over-runs the ball … Times his jumps and will compete for the ball at its high point … Not an explosive tackler, but is effective at wrapping and has the functional strength to bring down ball carriers in one-on-one situations … Takes good angles and plays tight in man coverage, using his hands effectively to strike in the bump-and-run.

Negatives: Needs to refine his footwork in his backpedal, as he appears to round his breaks and lacks crisp plant-and-drive agility … Plays too aggressive at times and will get caught out of position when he peeks into the backfield too long … Does not always recognize when his cushion is broken, but has the burst to recover … Needs to play vs. the run with more aggression, as he seems hesitate to stick his head in the pile and gets blocked often by the bigger linemen … Shows some hesitation in his transition, mostly when he side pedals … Needs to do a better job of breaking down plays in the open (gets out of control at times).

Compares To: CHRIS McALISTER-Baltimore … Brown has exceptional quickness and is a big cornerback with natural hands for the interception, but like McAlister he tends to like making open-field tackles or attacking the ball rather than play in run support. He has a developing frame with good strength, showing it well when jamming receivers, but is not an explosive tackler. He will bring good value in the nickel and dime packages, but needs to get more aggressive in run force.

Career Notes

Tied the Great West Football Conference single-season record with seven interceptions in 2005 … His seven pass thefts rank fourth on the school's single-season record chart behind Rich Christie (nine in 1968), Mike Church (eight in 1971) and Mark Davis (eight in 1973).

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Added All-Great West Football Conference first-team honors … Started all eleven games at right cornerback, ranking fifth on the team with 51 tackles (33 solos), including 1.5 stops for losses of 2 yards … Deflected seven passes and intercepted another … Allowed only 29 receptions for 280 yards (9.66 yards per completion) with no touchdowns while having 65 passes targeted to his area (4.31 yards per pass attempt).

2006 Game Analysis

Fort Lewis … Brown opened the season with two solo tackles and picked off a Matt Gutierrez pass at the Fort Lewis 39-yard line, setting up a Mustangs scoring drive that was capped by Matt Brennan's 3-yard touchdown run with 4:37 left in the first half … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#83-Chris Ducy-Two catches for 7 yards (stopped Ducy from catching two other throws).

Weber State … Followed with three assisted tackles and a pass deflection while not allowing any receptions … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#13-Jon Graves-No catches.

Sacramento State … Posted six solo tackles and knocked down two passes, as he did not allow any catches for the second-straight week … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#12-Jason Brown-No receptions.

San Jose State … Added another six tackles (4 solos) while assisting on a stop behind the line of scrimmage … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#3-James Jones-Nine catches for 92 yards and a long of 43 (stopped Jones from catching three other throws).

Southern Utah State … Managed only one tackle, but prevented receiver Joey Hew Len from getting to nine thrown balls … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#3-Joey Hew Len-Four catches for 38 yards.

Cal-Davis … Registered six tackles (5 solos) with a pair of pass deflections … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Kale Turner-Four catches for 39 yards (prevented Turner from catching six other passes).

South Dakota State … Recorded six tackles (4 solos) for the fourth time in 2006, adding one stop behind the line of scrimmage, when he took down Micah Johnson for a 1-yard loss on a third quarter screen pass … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#84-Chris Doblar-One catch for 8 yards (stopped Doblar from getting to three other balls).

San Diego State … Managed just three tackles (2 assists) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Chaz Schilens-Five catches for 69 yards.

Montana … Posted seven tackles (4 solos) and broke up one pass … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#82-Mike Ferriter-Two catches for 8 yards.

North Dakota State … Credited with a single-season high eight tackles (4 solos) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#15-Travis White-Two catches for 19 yards.

Savannah State … Made just three tackles (2 solos) in his final college appearance, but did not allow any receptions … Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#19-Anthony Huntley-No catches.

2005 Season

All-American second-team selection by the Associated Press … All-Great West Football Conference first-team and Football Gazette All-Northwest Region first-team choice … Returned to the gridiron after missing almost all of the 2004 season, starting all thirteen games at left cornerback … Recorded 44 tackles (27 solos) and deflected a team-high twelve passes … Tied the conference single-season record and ranked eighth in the nation with seven interceptions for 54 yards in returns, including one touchdown … His seven pass thefts rank fourth on the school's single-season record list.

2005 Game Analysis

Troy … In his first game in a year, Brown collected four tackles (2 solos).

Sacramento State … Had just one solo tackles, but picked off two passes … Intercepted QB Chris Hurd at the Cal Poly 33, setting up Anthony Garnett's 38-yard touchdown pass to Ramses Barden four minutes into the second half and on Sacramento State's next drive, he again picked off Hurd, returning the ball 18 yards to set up a 9-yard scoring run by Adam Martinez with 8:38 left in the third quarter.

Montana State … made one solo tackle, deflected a pass and intercepted a Travis Lulay third-&-8 screen pass and returned the ball 28 yards for a touchdown with 0:06 left in the first quarter.

South Dakota State … Registered seven tackles (4 solos) and batted away a pair of passes.

North Dakota State … Had two more pass break-ups and three solo tackles.

Montana … Added five tackles (4 solos) with a pass deflection and intercepted a first-&-goal toss by Cole Bergquist for an 8-yard return late in the third quarter.

Southern Utah State … Deflected a fourth-down pass and delivered four solo tackles.

Idaho State … Followed with five tackles (3 solos), a pass break-up and two interceptions …

Picked off a Luke Sniewski pass in the Cal Poly end zone for a touchback midway through the first quarter and ended the first half when he intercepted a Sniewski throw in the Cal Poly end zone for another touchback.

Montana (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs) … In the Mustangs' second meeting vs. the Grizzlies in 2005, Brown deflected three passes, knocking down a third-&-6 toss by Cole Bergquist that was intended for Eric Allen, forcing Montana to punt with 8:38 left in the game … With 3:25 remaining on the game clock, Brown batted away Berquist's fourth-&-16 pass at the Cal Poly 38, sealing the Mustangs' 35-21 win.

Texas State (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs) … Posted four tackles and picked off a Barrick Nealy third-&-21 pass at the start of the fourth quarter.

2004 Season

Suffered a left knee torn anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener vs. Humboldt State, missing the rest of the schedule.

2003 Season

Played in the team's first eight games, taking over left cornerback chores after the second contest for six games, but missed the last three vs. Cal-Davis, Idaho State and Humboldt State with an ankle sprain … Finished with sixteen tackles (15 solos), two interceptions for 9 yards in returns and three pass deflections.

2003 Game Analysis

Came off the bench to make two solo tackles, deflect a pass and intercept another vs. Sacramento State … Had four tackles (3 solos) vs. Montana State … Posted two solo tackles with a pass deflection and returned an intercepted Jason Murrietta pass 8 yards vs. Northern Arizona … Registered a single-season high eight solo tackles and batted away a pass in the Akron clash.

2002 Season

Appeared in the team's first eight games as a reserve receiver … Caught nine passes for 139 yards (15.4 avg) … Snatched three passes for 69 yards in the Cal-Davis clash … Added 18 yards on a pair of receptions vs. Toledo … Followed with two catches for 21 yards vs. Kent State.

Injury Report

2003: Missed the final three games vs. Cal-Davis, Idaho State and Humboldt State with a high ankle sprain.

2004: Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee vs. Humboldt State in the season opener (9/03), missing the rest of the schedule … Granted a medical hardship.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.32 in the 40-yard dash … 2.48 20-yard dash … 1.46 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times … 4.07 20-yard shuttle … 7.1 three-cone drill … 41.5-inch vertical jump …

10'11" broad jump … 32 1/2-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 25/39 Wonderlic score.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

High School

Attended St. Mary's College (Berkeley, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Jay Lawson … All-League defensive back, earning two letters in football as a receiver and defensive back … Also competed in track-and-field, qualifying for the state high school finals … In the classroom, he was a four-year Honor Roll member.


Civil Engineering major … Son of Billye and Terrence Brown … Born 2/10/84 in San Francisco, California.


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