December 16, 2013

Man with a plan

After getting offers from the likes of Oregon, Florida, LSU and Mizzou, one might think Keenen Brown has played wide receiver his whole life-but that would be wrong.

"We joked with him that he was the best freshman defensive end we ever had, too," J.D. Jordan, Brown's high school coach of four years.

A need at wide receiver at Alief Taylor High School before Brown's sophomore year forced a position change.

"That's kind of the slot he fell into, which naturally where he fits," Jordan said. "I think it was a good move."

That's an understatement.

Brown has all the tools coaches crave in a wide receiver. He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. He has the frame to bulk up under OSU strength coach Rob Glass's direction. He is fast too. Brown was a part of Taylor's 4x100 relay team that made it to the state finals.

"He's got football speed," Jordan said. "He puts the pads on and he doesn't slow down at all.

"Matter of fact, he is faster."

Brown has amazed his coach on several occasions. He's made one-handed catches seem routine. He gets to passes that seem overthrown. He has put the team on his back during playoff games and led Taylor to victory.

"He's got great hands, good size and he's got the attitude," Jordan said. "He wants the ball thrown to him. He thinks he can catch everything. He wants to be the guy to put the team on his shoulders and say, 'Hey, I can help us win.'

"(Brown is) what you would want as a wide receiver."

Everything Brown brings to the field-from his desire to his attributes-draws comparisons to a wide receiver whose name resonates with OSU fans-Dez Bryant.

"Dez Bryant is one of my...

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