In his first year as Ruston’s wide receivers coach, Kenny Bell had to learn what he could about the players he would be coaching from game film. With most of Ruston’s starting wide receivers from last season being seniors, there could not have been much film on his 2015 corps of receivers.
The one exception was Jeremy Brown, but he comes with his own exception: he was a starter last season, but at H-Back. The Bearcats split him out wide at times last year, but most of his snaps came when positioned just off an offensive lineman.
Now as a full-time wide receiver, Brown’s transition to the perimeter has been a good one as he leads the team in receiving yards (276) and claims both of Ruston’s receiving touchdowns.
“When he does the right things, he’s a good football player,” Ruston head coach Brad Laird said. “It’s the little things when he does not have the ball in his hands that we want to continue to work on.
“He’s done a good job of transitioning from H-Back to that receiver.”
From what Bell saw of Brown on film, he was already well on his way to being an excellent wide receiver.
“I don’t think too much had to come with learning the new position,” Bell said. “From watching film on him from last year when he was a tight end and they moved him to receiver, he made good plays.
“It was footwork in and out of the breaks, and stance, since he’s bigger he’s got to have a nice stance to come off the ball.”
Statistical output aside, Brown is far from the focal point of the Ruston offense: the unit is designed to avoid one players as a singular focus. Marquez Corprue actually leads the team in catches, with 13 compared to Brown’s 12, and Qay’shon Thurman also has 12 catches. Brown is also one of four Bearcats averaging double-digit yards per catch, joined in those ranks by Kemondrick Walter, Etoryun Mitchell and Carlos Hunt.
Brown’s output so far is attributed both to where he’s getting the ball and what he does once he gets it.
“He’s caught some skinny post routes that have created bigger pass plays,” Laird said. “Those have given him better opportunities for more yards after the catch.”
Bell added, “Jeremy, he passes the eye test when it comes down to being a receiver. He’s bigger than a lot of defensive backs you’ll see around here.”
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