If you follow Ohio State Buckeyes football at all, it is likely that you have heard the name Corey Brown. In fact, the Buckeyes have two players named Corey Brown: one on offense and one on defense. Why is one of them considered the “other” Corey Brown and what has he done this season to change that?
The one you may have heard about the most is Corey “Philly” Brown, who is one of quarterback Braxton Miller’s go-to receivers. He has led the team in catches this year and last year and is the more well-known Corey Brown on the team. However, his counterpart Corey “Pitt” Brown, who is a defensive back for Ohio State, is starting to emerge this season and make a name for himself.
In the past few seasons, Pitt has been the “other” Corey Brown. He did not get the opportunities he thought he would in his first few years at Ohio State. He signed in 2009 as a five-star cornerback recruit, but was instead being used essentially as a backup utility player on defense. The Buckeyes would stick him almost anywhere they needed him on defense.
He finally got the opportunity to show what he is capable of when strong safety Christian Bryant went out for the rest of the season after he suffered a broken ankle against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 28. Pitt says it was a bittersweet moment for him to see his teammate go down, but he is glad that he’s finally getting the opportunity.
Pitt has certainly been taking advantage of it. He may be best remembered this year for a play that essentially turned the season around for the Ohio State defense. The Buckeyes had taken an early lead on the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State had driven down the field, throwing mostly to tight ends against an Ohio State defense they knew had been criticized for their inability to cover the pass. Pitt saved the touchdown by intercepting a pass in the end zone to spark the defense’s resurgence.
Pitt has been playing at the free safety position and has transitioned into his full-time player role very well. He should no longer be known as that “other” Corey Brown that plays for Ohio State, but rather as Corey “Pitt” Brown, the safety who turned the season around for the Buckeyes defensively. It is likely not the last statement he will make this season on a much-improved Ohio State defense.