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It was a trying season for the Longhorns' secondary in 2006, especially for Brown. On the field, the team's pass defense ranked 99th in the nation, allowing 236.23 yards per game after finishing eighth in Division 1-A in 2005, when the Longhorns gave up just 172.0 yards per game.
Brown started all 11 games he played in as a senior, but was suspended for the Ohio State game after he, backup safety Tyrell Gatewood and former Texas linebacker Aaron Harris were arrested Sept. 4 on misdemeanor marijuana charges. Brown also was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, another misdemeanor. Back on the field, Brown was forced to miss the Baylor game after breaking a bone in his left foot during the first half of the Oklahoma game.
Born in New York City, Brown moved to Texas when he was three years old. He won the Dallas-area Punt, Pass & Kick Championship at Texas Stadium as a nine-year-old and finished third at the national competition in San Diego.
Brown attended North Mesquite High School, where he was a three-year starter at cornerback and a two-year starter at running back. The USA Today and Parade All-American added first-team All-State Class 5A, All-Area and All-District honors at running back in 2002. He rushed for 3,011 yards and 42 touchdowns in his final two seasons, receiving an invitation to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Game.
As a senior, Brown gained 1,885 yards with 28 touchdowns on 182 carries (10.4 avg), caught 10 passes for 281 yards and a pair of scores and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass. He posted four 200-yard games as a senior, including a 293-yard effort against Grand Prairie, and also had two games with five touchdowns and two other contests with at least four scores.
Brown added 50 tackles and three interceptions on defense that year. An All-District selection at running back as a junior, he rushed for 1,126 yards and 14 touchdowns on 209 carries, hauled in five passes for 76 yards and tossed a 52-yard scoring pass that season. He was also a two-year letter-winner in track (100-meters, sprint and mile relays) and a sophomore starter at shooting guard in basketball.
Brown enrolled at Texas in 2003, playing in 11 games as a true freshman, finishing with nine tackles (eight solos) and a pass break-up. He also averaged 18.2 yards on six kickoff returns. In 2004, he started 12 contests at weak-side (right) cornerback, collecting 38 tackles (32 solos) with a sack and five stops for losses. He batted down three passes, intercepted two others and gained 98 yards on six kickoff returns (16.3 avg).
A member of UT's Academic Honor Roll, Brown started the final 12 games of the 2005 season. He was in on a career-high 69 tackles (39 solos), making two stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused and recovered a fumble while picking off one pass and deflecting eight others. He also averaged 21.6 yards on five kickoff returns. In 2006, Brown started 11 times. He had eight pass break-ups with a forced fumble. He also finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles (38 solos) and had one stop for a loss.
In 47 games at Texas, Brown started 35 times at weak-side cornerback. He collected 169 tackles (117 solos) with a five-yard sack and eight stops for losses of 20 yards. He recovered one fumble and caused two others. He registered 20 pass deflections and gained 42 yards on three interception returns. He also amassed 315 yards on 17 kickoff returns (18.5 avg) and five yards on one punt return.
Positives: Has a developing frame, adding 10 pounds of lean muscle mass in the last year...Shows good range and recovery quickness...Plays with good field alertness and has the natural hands to make plays on the ball...Plays the game with a nice edge to him, as he will not hesitate to mix it up with larger blockers at the line of scrimmage...Runs with a normal stride, showing good balance in transition...Demonstrates crisp cutting agility and stop-and-go action...Gets a quick break on the ball due to his ability to open his hips and drop his weight...Has good strength for a player his size and while he won't blow up people with vicious tackles, he brings his pads well to generate decent pop on contact...Has the acceleration needed to close quickly on plays in front of him...He is one of the more alert pass coverage defenders you will find, as he does a nice job of anticipating the receiver's moves, showing the speed to mirror throughout the route...Alert to blocking schemes and is not the type who will eyeball the pocket for too long...Has the quick-twitch moves to come out of his pedal with no wasted motion...Closes on the play with good urgency and with the way he breaks on the ball, speedy receivers are not able to separate from him after the catch...Smooth in his turn coming out of breaks and opens his hips properly coming out of transition...Has a good feel for switch-offs in the zone and does a nice job of making plays on the ball behind him...Is best when he keeps the action in front of him and reacts quickly to the thrown ball...His acceleration lets him get under the deep throws and he breaks up a lot of passes with his timing and leaping ability...Has a good spring in his step and sudden movements when taking on ball carriers along the perimeter...Does a good job of tracking the ball in flight and knows how to reach around and deflect the pass without getting penalized for it...Plays with good body control and has the skills to compete for jump balls...Lacks the strength to hold ground against the power runners, but will wrap and hold on until help arrives...Decent wrap-up tackler, but must stay in control (tends to out-run the play) in order to be effective (too many missed tackles when he plays with reckless abandon...Shows good knee bend in his pass drops and times his hits well when taking on receivers underneath...Effective gunner on the special teams coverage units...Uses his hands efficiently in attempts to press and reroute his assignment at the line of scrimmage.
Negatives: Still needs to develop more muscle tone and bulk on his frame, as his adequate weight room success does not translate to the football field...Has high-cut calves and skinny ankles, lacking the lower body power to prevent blockers from walling him off or riding him out when working near the line in run support...Has good hands to field the ball cleanly, but will sometimes double catch or let the ball absorb into his body, turning potential interceptions into pass deflections...Strikes with good urgency, but power runners easily bounce off his hits, as he lacks force behind his hits...Tends to throw his body around recklessly when he out-runs a play, resulting in missed tackles... Best when he keeps the plays in front of him, as he can get turned around some by a receiver's multiple moves...Must work on taking a shorter path to the ball and execute better angles, as he gets taken out of the action when he tries to avoid blockers by taking a long loop to the ball...Tends to lose focus on the field when not involved in the play... Has had some durability issues in the last year (broken arm in the 2005 Rose Bowl, left foot against Oklahoma in 2006) and needs to clarify his involvement in his September 2006 arrest (charged with holding a 9 mm gun).
Compares To: RANDALL GAY-New England...Like Gay, when Brown stays in control he quietly goes about his job of preventing the big play (gave up just one touchdown catch in 2006). Brown won't punish opponents with his tackling ability and needs to add more strength and bulk in order to be more effective in run force. He has very good range and is best when he keeps the plays in front of him. He is certainly not a blue chip prospect, but he is a smart, instinctive player who will give a steady, yet unspectacular performance on the field.
Registered 122 of his career 169 tackles and 16 of his 20 pass deflections during the last two seasons.
Started 11 games at weak-side cornerback, missing the Ohio State (suspension for team rules violation) and Baylor (injury) contests...Suffered a broken bone in his left foot in the first half of the Oklahoma clash...Finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles (38 solos), including one for a 1-yard loss...Caused a fumble and deflected eight passes... Also had a 5-yard punt return...Did not allow any touchdown catches and his main pass coverage assignments had just three catches for over 20 yards (long of 23 vs. both Nebraska and Texas Tech)...Brown's opponents managed just 29 receptions for 348 yards (12.0 yards per completion) on 70 passes thrown into his area (4.97 yards allowed per pass attempt).
Started twelve of thirteen games at right cornerback, registering 69 tackles (39 solos) with two stops for losses of 3 yards...Caused and recovered a fumble...Deflected eight passes and intercepted another for an 11-yard return...Gained 108 yards on five kickoff returns (21.6 avg)...Was a major reason the team ranked tenth nationally in total defense (302.9 ypg), eighth in scoring defense (16.4 ppg), fourth in pass efficiency defense (96.7) and eighth in passing defense (172.0 ypg).
Started all twelve games at right cornerback, where he was part of a unit that allowed just 320.1 yards per game (23rd NCAA) and 17.9 points per game (18th NCAA)...Recorded 38 tackles (32 solos) with a 5-yard sack and five stops for losses of 16 yards...Intercepted two passes for 31 yards in returns, adding 98 yards on six kickoff returns (16.3 avg)...Also had three pass deflections.
Played in all 13 games as a reserve right cornerback, earning UT's Outstanding Defensive Newcomer Award...Recorded nine tackles (8 solos) and one pass break-up... Had a pass deflection vs. New Mexico State and made a season-high three tackles vs. Iowa State.
2005: Suffered a left arm bone fracture against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
2006: Missed the Baylor game (10/14) after suffering a hairline fracture of a bone in his left foot against Oklahoma (10/07).
Campus: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash...335-pound bench press...385-pound squat...264-power clean.
Attended North Mesquite (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Bragg...Three-year starter at cornerback and a two-year starter at running back...The USA Today and Parade All-American added first-team All-State Class 5A, All-Area and All-District honors at running back in 2002...Rushed for 3,011 yards and 42 touchdowns in his final two seasons, receiving an invitation to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Game...As a senior, Brown gained 1,885 yards with 28 touchdowns on 182 carries (10.4 avg), caught 10 passes for 281 yards and a pair of scores and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass...Posted four 200-yard games as a senior, including a 293-yard effort against Grand Prairie and also had two games with five touchdowns and two other contests with at least four scores...Added 50 tackles and three interceptions on defense that year...An All-District selection at running back as a junior, he rushed for 1,126 yards and 14 touchdowns on 209 carries, hauled in five passes for 76 yards and tossed a 52-yard scoring pass that season...Two-year letter-winner in track (100-meters, sprint and mile relays) and a sophomore starter at shooting guard in basketball...Added Academic All-District honors.
Liberal Arts major, earning second-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors... Member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll...Won the Dallas-area Punt, Pass & Kick Championship at Texas Stadium as a nine-year-old and finished third at the national competition in San Diego...Active community service volunteer who likes working with children...Born Tarell Lameek Brown on 1/06/85 in New York City, New York...Resides in Mesquite, Texas.
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12/04/13 - CB Tarell Brown (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and will play against Seattle.
11/27/13 - CB Tarell Brown (ribs) did not practice Wednesday. He is expected to play against the Rams.
11/18/13 - -- CB Tarell Brown left Sunday's game with an ankle injury. There was no update on his status.
10/16/13 - CB Tarell Brown (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, but is expected to play against Tennessee.
07/31/13 - CB Tarell Brown's forfeiture of $2 million due to missing the team's offseason workout program was bizarre in its own right. That's before factoring in that he learned about it on Twitter.
His since-fired agent, Brian Overstreet, should take most of the blame, but the potential for Brown -- and other players in the locker room -- to lay some blame on the team is clearly there. And coach Jim Harbaugh knows it.
The last thing an organization needs is a reputation of taking a back door to avoid paying players what they believe they're set to earn.
"He got hit by, that's a real torpedo," Harbaugh said. "But, he's been very professional. And the thing I think for all of us is finding the solution.
"There's a solution there. And soon that we all put our minds together and come up with the right plan, this will hopefully get to the point where you laugh about that and chuckle about that. That's the way I'd like to see it go."
Harbaugh broke the organization's long-standing policy of not discussing contracts in the media to go to bat for Brown, whom he called a "starting top-end player."
Whether the solution is a new, long-term contract extension, a waiver of the de-escalator clause or something else remains to be seen, but Harbaugh was clear that he wants to rectify the situation with Brown, who is in the final year of a five-year $8.2 million extension he signed in 2009.
Brown was arguably the team's top corner last year and has started every game for the team over the past two seasons. He is not expected to re-enter contract discussions with the team until he hires a new agent.
"We're very motivated to do that because he deserves it," Harbaugh said. "He's earned it. I don't want to see him playing for the minimum."
In referring to Brown as a starter, Harbaugh might have tipped his hand in how things are shaking out at that position, which returns every player from last season as well as former Pro Bowler Nnamdi Asomugha. Carlos Rogers