Most experienced Irish returnee for '99 among wide receivers . . . heads into third season as starter, this time at split end after two seasons at flanker position . . . far and away the most productive returning Notre Dame pass-catcher on career basis, based on his 58 career receptions . . . one of four returning offensive starters for Notre Dame, as incumbent at flanker heading into '99 campaign . . . dependable, possession-type receiver who has proven capable of making the big play . . . hopes to make his final season with Irish as fruitful as his '97 campaign when he led team with 45 catches . . . proved as first-year regular in '97 that he had all the skills to be solid playmaker as wide receiver . . . was part of '96 corps of relatively inexperienced split ends and flankers who battled to make up for graduation loss of all-star Derrick Mayes . . . fifth-year veteran who was approved for additional season of eligibility since he did not play at all as a rookie in '95 . . . also has earned two monograms in track as standout in 400 meters, mainly in indoor season.
AS A JUNIOR: Irish starter at flanker position, opening in 10 of 12 contests in '98, including '99 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech . . . finished with best yards-per-catch average among all Irish receivers in '98 at 22.0 . . . opened first game vs. Michigan but did not catch a pass . . . did not start vs. Michigan State as Irish opened game with two tight ends - and also came off the bench vs. Boston College in similar circumstances . . . slowed early by wrist injury that hampered his progress . . . made key 15-yard grab on third and 10 vs. Arizona State early in third-period drive that put Irish on top 21-3 . . . caught three for 64 vs. Army, including 38-yarder that he took to the Cadet two before fumbling into the end zone where Malcolm Johnson recovered for a TD and 17-10 Irish lead . . . caught 66-yard TD pass from Jarious Jackson in first minute of third period vs. Baylor for longest Irish TD pass since 1993 . . . had grabs of 44 and 19 vs. LSU . . . tied for team lead in receiving vs. USC with two grabs for 27 . . . made two receptions for 42 yards in '99 Gator Bowl starting assignment vs. Georgia Tech, including 33-yarder that helped set up Notre Dame's first TD and ranked as longest reception of the day by an Irish receiver . . . ran in two '99 indoor track meets, taking second in the 400 meters at 48.43 in Meyo Invitational.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Notre Dame's leading receiver in '97 with 45 catches . . . Irish starter at flanker position for '97 and leader in touchdown receptions with six ( no one else had more than two) . . . only Irish receiver in '97 to catch at least one pass in all 13 games . . . joined Malcolm Johnson to give Irish first-ever pair of receivers with 40 or more catches in a season . . . started in nine regular-season games, in all but Stanford, LSU and West Virginia contests - and also started in '97 Independence Bowl vs. LSU . . . led all Irish receivers in playing time in '97 . . . burst onto receiving scene by catching seven passes in each of first three Irish games in '97 . . . led Irish receivers in opener vs. Georgia Tech with seven catches for 64 yards in first-ever start and followed that up with seven more vs. Purdue and seven more vs. Michigan State . . . caught seven-yard TD pass from Ron Powlus for first Irish score vs. Michigan . . . his '97 start marked first time an Irish receiver caught as many as seven passes in three straight games since Tom Gatewood did it in five straight to start '70 campaign . . . caught 27-yard TD pass from Powlus vs. Stanford...39-yard grab vs. Pittsburgh marked his longest in '97 . . . grabbed three for 31 vs. Boston College, including 10-yard TD pass from Powlus in game-winning drive vs. Navy after earlier catching 14-yarder for first Irish points . . . did not start regular season game vs. LSU but had longest reception of the day, a 31-yarder . . . caught game-winning, fourth-period, 11-yard TD pass from Powlus to give the Irish the 21-14 victory vs. West Virginia . . . only reception in '97 Independence Bowl vs. LSU went for 10 yards . . . finished '97 spring drills at top spot on flanker list following graduation of veteran Emmett Mosley . . . set Notre Dame record in indoor 400 meters with 47.39 clocking that earned him second place at '98 BIG EAST indoor championships . . . won 400 meters at Meyo Invitational.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in eight games in '96 as backup wide receiver, seeing action in all but Vanderbilt, Ohio State and USC games . . . made two receptions in '96, one for 49 yards vs. Pittsburgh (that one set up a touchdown for Notre Dame) and one for 35 vs. Rutgers . . . ran in four indoor track events in '97, taking fifth at BIG EAST indoor championships with 48.19 in 400 meters . . . ran season-best 47.87 outdoors at '97 Alabama Relays . . . did not see game action as rookie split end in '95.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A SuperPrep prep All-American, ranking 13th nationally among wide receivers . . . earned three letters in football at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., playing wide receiver, free safety and returning kicks . . . two-time all-county selection . . . caught 35 passes for 575 yards and seven TDs in '94 . . . played free safety on defense, making two interceptions and 21 tackles as senior . . . also won four letters in track with 4.55 40 and 47.8 400 meters to his credit and two letters in basketball . . . set school records in 400 and long jump . . . earned all-county mention four times in track and once in basketball . . . team finished as state runner-up in track as senior . . . captain of football and track teams as senior . . . selected for Florida North-South football all-star game . . . born 3-26-77 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . full name is Braynard O. Brown . . .youngest of five children . . . brother Terry played football at Columbia . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, with major in government . . . earned 3.067 grade-point average in '98 spring semester and 3.111 in '99 spring semester.
G-GS Time Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1996 8-0 47:08 2 84 42.0 0 49 1997 12-9 234:29 45 543 12.1 6 39 1998 11-9 152:59 13 286 22.0 1 66 TOTAL 31-18 434:36 58 887 15.2 7 66
Brown Game By Game
1997 Game Rec. Yds. TD *Georgia Tech 7 64 0 *Purdue 7 76 0 *Michigan State 7 61 1 *Michigan 3 31 1 Stanford 5 88 1 *Pittsburgh 3 60 0 *USC 1 9 0 *Boston College 3 31 1 *Navy 3 37 1 LSU 1 31 0 West Virginia 3 29 1 *Hawaii 2 26 0 1997 Independence Bowl *LSU 1 10 0
The Bobby Brown File