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Fifth-Year Senior Transfer Leaving His Mark


Fifth-year senior inside receiver Devon Brown was making noise in college football long before he journeyed to Morgantown this spring.

In 2009 and 2010, Brown led Wake Forest in receptions both seasons while totaling almost 1,000 yards receiving and hauling in seven touchdown receptions.

Since he graduated from school on time and never redshirted, Brown took advantage of an NCAA waiver rule which allows a student-athlete to transfer to a different school for his final season of athletic eligibility if they enroll in a graduate program which the previous institution does not offer.

Brown found that new home in Morgantown, and Mountaineer fans everywhere are now glad he made the trip north from Winston-Salem.

On Saturday's 55-12 victory over Norfolk State, Brown led all Mountaineer receivers with 109 yards on only four receptions, including an 18-yard catch which gave WVU their first touchdown of the afternoon.

The Mountaineers didn't find much success until after halftime, however, when they exploded for 45 points, 35 of which came within the first 16 minutes of the second half.

Through two games, Brown is leading the receiving corps with 151 yards on only 8 receptions, resulting in an impressive 18.9 yards per catch.

And even though Brown has adjusted very well to Head Coach Dana Holgorsen's pass-first offense, he has managed to stay remarkably humble in the process.

"I'm just trying to play my role and do whatever it takes to help the team win", explained Brown.  "Whenever my name is called I just try to answer and help the team win each week."

Granted, this is probably a little easier to do when you have a quarterback like Geno Smith getting the ball into the hands of the playmakers.

Smith is now 46-of-69 for 620 yards and 6 touchdowns through the first two games of the season, and his arm has been equally impressive to Brown.

"He's a great quarterback", exclaimed Brown.  "He does a good job finding receivers.  He doesn't look for just one receiver or anything like that.  He does a good job of spreading the ball around and he's going to hit the open man."

Mountaineer fans everywhere are hoping the Geno-to-Brown connection continues next Saturday as WVU travels to College Park and takes on border rival Maryland.

Brown is very familiar with the Terrapins having played in the ACC for four years, and he's hoping the offensive success in the second half of Saturday's contest can carry over to next weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to it.  I'm just trying to stay focused though and do what we need to do to get the victory next weekend."

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