Sept. 21, 2013

Being a five-star recruit headed to play for Ohio State Buckeyes, one might think that the road to stardom would be smooth sailing. However, fifth year senior Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown would tell you otherwise. While redshirting his freshman year, Corey has had to work his way up from the bottom and is now a veteran leader for one of the top football programs in the nation.

He’s not complaining. Who could be upset being a Buckeye for one more year? Especially leading a team into another potential undefeated season.

“It has been a fantastic five years that I can’t even put into words,” Brown said. “Going undefeated really set the tone expectations for this upcoming year.”

After his redshirt freshman year, Brown wasted no time making his presence on the field. In 2010, he played in eight games followed by two full seasons heading into fall 2013.

The spring game in Cincinnati is what really caught Coach Meyer’s eye and set Brown apart from the rest. With one of the most impressive offseasons on the team, Meyer expects him to take leadership over this young defense.

“I’m hoping (Brown’s) our Reid Fragel,” Meyer said. “He has confidence. It’s time.”

When asked about the overwhelming amount of newcomers to the squad, especially to the defense, he was all smiles and positivity.

“We still have to get better and have a lot of work to do but we’re coming together very well as a team,” Corey explained.

Living up to all the hype around him brought about by his offseason and the coaching staff, Brown has high expectations for himself. His goals for the season are to be as versatile as possible, whether it be safety, dime or nickel – he’s ready to take it on.

The pressure is on heading into Big Ten Conference games but this is where he plans to shine; it’s the last chance to make it happen for himself and the team. It is an exciting time for Buckeye Nation the team is in great hands being led by veterans like Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown.

By: Lauren Baum, Ohio State Athletics Communications