Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.
Who is he?
Marquise Brown didn’t even have a team three years ago. An undersized recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, he had to convince his mother to let him move cross-country for a chance to play at College of the Canyons. Needless to say, it worked out. Brown led Oklahoma with 1,095 receiving yards last fall, becoming the top weapon for Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.
Against Oklahoma State, Brown torched the Cowboys defense for 265 yards on nine catches. He scored touchdowns of 84 and 77 yards in between shrieks from FOX announcer Gus Johnson of, “Who is this kid?” and “Hollywood!,” a reference to his hometown in Florida. Oh, and he spent his year at College of the Canyons working at nearby Six Flags Magic Mountain, which was the subject of a Sports Illustrated profile of him leading up to the Rose Bowl (link above).
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Brown is obviously a deep threat because of his speed, but you don’t rack up 1,000 receiving yards by solely catching deep balls. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley found creative ways to get Brown in space. Knowing defenses will be keying in on Brown, he’ll likely have a few more tricks up his sleeve. Having a new quarterback could also affect which, and how, players get touches. It can’t hurt that Brown was on the end of Kyler Murray’s longest completion for the Sooners — an 87-yard strike against Tulane.
Brown had four catches for 73 yards in his first Red River Rivalry.
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