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The three-year starter for the Miners has been productive and durable, traits that earned him an invitation to play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge, held on his own campus in El Paso. All he did in the all-star game was win MVP honors with a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The Houston area high school star earned playing time in every game as a true freshman, making 10 stops, forcing a fumble and recovering three. Each of the next three seasons Brown made the long honorable mention Conference USA lists. In 2007 he had four interceptions, nine pass break-ups and three of his 50 tackles were for loss. His junior year saw him make only 29 tackles as a full-time starter, but his three interceptions and six pass break-ups show how reluctant teams were to throw at him. He did not have a pick in 2009 but made 41 tackles, two for loss, broke up eight passes and forced a fumble.
Brown isn't an elite athlete according to the Combine tests, but he did improve upon his pedestrian 40 at his pro day, taking a bit of that speed concern off scouts' minds. His physical play, solid build, ball skills and special teams potential make him an intriguing late-round pick.
Read & React: Reacts quickly to routes in front of him, but could be more instinctive reading quarterback and receiver routes. Good chase across the field.
Man Coverage: Strong in press coverage, maintains contact down the sideline with fluid hips and good speed. Also capable of playing off in zone systems. Smooth, low pedal, maintains cushion. Fights for the ball in the air. Good hands for the interception, can jump routes and take advantage of poor throws.
Zone Coverage: Quick feet and good change of direction, able to plant and drive into his man and secure the tackle. Comes off his man to make plays from underneath.
Closing/Recovery: Strong body control when closing on the ball. Lacks great speed to recover if beaten.
Run Support: Very willing in run support. Attacks ballcarriers on the edge, effective cut tackler.
Tackling: Solid tackler on defense and special teams, brings real physicality to the position. Able to shed receiver blocks to get to the ballcarrier. Likes to lower his shoulder to pound receivers. Looks to strip the ball while securing the tackle. Misses tackles when trying to make the big hit.
Intangibles: Aggressive player with great effort and competitiveness. Will be a strong special teams contributor.
Brown finished the 2009 season with 41 total tackles/ 31 solo with 2 tackles for loss, 8 pass break-ups, 0 interceptions and 1 forced fumble in 2009.
Honorable mention All-Conference USA ... played in all 12 games and was a regular starter at right corner ... credited with 29 tackles ... led UTEP in interceptions (three for 21 yards), pass break-ups (seven) and blocked kicks (two) ... tied for eighth in C-USA in pass breakups and 14th in interceptions ... tied for 96th in the NCAA in picks with 0.25 per game ... picked off two passes for 21 yards and blocked a kick against UCF ... also blocked a kick at Houston ... recorded his season-high five tackles versus Rice, and also had a pair of pass deflections against the Owls ... also had two pass break-ups versus UCF and Tulane ... posted four stops at Louisiana-Lafayette and had three in four games (Buffalo, New Mexico State, UCF, Tulsa) ... had a 21-yard punt return against UCF.
Honorable mention All-Conference USA by the coaches ... inserted into the starting lineup at left corner for the second game of the season at Texas Tech, where he stayed for the remainder of the year ... tabulated 50 tackles (38 solo), three tackles for losses, four interceptions (102 yards) and a fumble recovery ... tied Quintin Demps for the team lead with nine pass break-ups ... picked up his season-high eight stops at New Mexico State ... had seven tackles (six solo) against Houston and six at Texas Tech ... recovered a fumble versus Texas Southern ... had single interceptions against Texas Tech (43 yards), SMU (19 yards), East Carolina (20 yards) and Rice (20 yards) ... credited with two pass deflections versus New Mexico and SMU.
Made an immediate impact as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games ... recorded 10 tackles (six solo), three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble ... tied for third in Conference USA in fumble recoveries with 0.25 per game ... had a season-high three stops in the season finale against Memphis ... forced a fumble versus Tulane which he also recovered ... had fumble recoveries against SMU and Rice as well ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
All-District 19-4A wide receiver and cornerback as a senior at Forest Brook High School ... also tabbed an All-Area cornerback in 2005 ... third team All-Greater Houston cornerback as a sophomore ... had 400 yards receiving, 130 rushing, 100 passing and 250 on kickoff returns as a senior ... also blocked 12 kicks his senior year ... four-year starter at corner and two-year starter at wideout ... also started four games at quarterback his senior year ... high school coach was Marshall White ... two-year basketball letterwinner and four-year track and field letterwinner in high school ... regional qualifier in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
Mother is Johnnie Brown ... has two brothers and one sister ... full name is Cornelius Brown ... nickname is "Cornbread" ... born 2/26/88 (Houston, Texas) ... undecided major.
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08/31/13 - CB Cornelius Brown was released Saturday by the San Diego Chargers.
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