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August 7, 2012

Justin Brown introduced as newest Sooner

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It didn't happen overnight, but Penn State transfer Justin Brown is finally an official member of the Oklahoma football program.

It's been seven days since SoonerScoop.com was the first to report Oklahoma and Justin Brown had been in contact about a potential transfer, but today, the senior was introduced to the media for the first time.

"I just want to introduce Justin Brown," said Bob Stoops as media had gathered after Oklahoma's practice. "He got in last night. Fortunately with all our administration and doctors we were able to get him processed and checked out like you have to with the physical inside of 24 hours. "He's already been on the field and learned a bunch."

Brown participated in Oklahoma's morning practice, although he wasn't able to be in pads like the rest of his new teammates. NCAA rules stipulate players must first go through two practices without pads before strapping them on for the first time.

"He'll be able to be in uppers in the afternoon," said Stoops of Brown's ability to wear shoulder pads during Wednesday's second practice.

As for his performance in the morning practice?

"I thought he looked very impressive," said Stoops. "I said to coach Norvell, 'Wow! This guy is gonna be special in our system."

As media appeared to be witnessing Stoops' recruiting demeanor with Brown in the room, the newest member of the OU family talked about how he ended up in Norman.

"Not much of a recruiting process," said Brown. "It was real quick. It wasn't like the two or three years like it is when you're coming out of high school.

"I didn't want it to be real public. I didn't want all you guys finding out about it because I know how that goes, but I did take a visit for about one day. I could see it was the right place."

Stoops alluded to the difficult circumstances Brown has gone through after the NCAA punishments were announced. Brown talked Tuesday about leaving his Penn State teammates with just one year left in his college career.

"It was very difficult and emotional. I talked to them before I made the decision and while the process was going on," he explained. "They told to make the best decision for you. They told they were going to support me either way. That meant a lot, too; that I had their OK and approval. I'd been playing with them for three years. It means a lot to me.

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"It was the decision I thought was best for me and my family. No disrespect to Penn State or the players. I still talk the players. They're still my family and I still talk to them every day. I'm just trying to get to know a new family now."

Stoops already sees Brown fitting in to one role on this 2012 Sooner football team. It's not the receiver spot left open by Ryan Broyles, but it is the one position Broyles held down for the last several years - punt returner.

"I don't think there's any doubt, absolutely," answered Stoops when asked if he could jump right in and take over the punt returner duties. "He was one of the top 10 or 11 in the country a year ago and lost our guy. Of course, I believe he will be.

"I saw him out there today. He catches them as easy and smooth as anybody I've ever seen.

"A big strong guy like that - punt return wise - he can run through those arm tackles. People just trying to grab his jersey and pull him down, that's not happening. I think he's gonna be pretty special."

Being a senior, experiencing so much at the college level, Stoops also feels it will be a smooth transition for Brown on offense.

"Looking out there today and you see him added to equation, a guy that's a senior that has three years experience playing and fighting people, crack-back blocking on people, catching the ball," said Stoops. "He's a natural catching the football. He's gonna bring a ton. It's gonna be exciting.

"It won't take him long (to learn the playbook). In one day, he's out there standing next to coach Norvell and I and he's already mouthing the signals. It won't be but a couple three days and he'll have 90 percent of it."

Brown also had a noticeable change in his demeanor when asked about his new quarterback, Landry Jones.

"He's talented," said Brown. "He's out there working hard. I'm just trying to get timing down with all the quarterbacks, learn the plays, go against the defense and try to get better every day."

It's now just a matter of how quickly the Sooners, and Brown can come together.

"I'm gonna work hard and try to contribute," said Brown. "I'm a quiet guy and I go about my business the right way. I just try to work hard very day."




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