Journey Brown

Penn State RB

5’-11” - 206 lbs


Brown was a 3-star recruit in the class of 2017, from Meadville PA and had a composite ranking of 0.8472 per 247 Sports. He was the 51st-ranked running back in the class and ranked 918th overall. Brown only received offers from smaller programs including Temple and Syracuse but decided to stay in-state and sign with Penn State. Don’t let the 3-star rating sour your thoughts on Brown. Jonathan Taylor, arguably the consensus #1 running back in this year's class, was also a 3-star prospect.

Brown was extremely productive in high school rushing for over 2,400 yards in each of his final two seasons. In 2015 and as a junior, he rushed for 720 yards and 10 TDs in one of the top 50 ranked high school games of all times!

College Overview

In 2018 during Brown’s freshman year, Miles Sanders and Ricky Slade were the primary ball carriers, so he saw little opportunity to get his hands on the ball. Last year, Penn State started the season using a committee approach in the backfield, but after Brown’s breakout performance Week 11 against Minnesota, he took the reigns and was awarded with the majority of the carries for the remainder of the season. Brown led all Penn State running backs last year with 890 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and didn’t put the ball on the ground once. His 202-yard performance in the Cotton Bowl also set the school’s bowl game rushing record.

The Film Room

The scouting film below demonstrates many of Brown’s finest traits. Here are a few highlighted points you will see throughout.

Contact Balance - Brown features a low center of gravity and has terrific contact balance which allows him to win post-contact. Has good pad level, leg drive, and the toughness to absorb hits and always fights for extra yards. 

Burst & Speed - Brown ran a 4.29 forty last year and it shows on the field with his outstanding burst and long speed. Once he gets to the 2nd level...forget about it. He’s explosive in space and quickly accelerates, oftentimes leaving defenders taking bad angles. He bursts through arm tackles regularly as well.

Pass Catching - Brown is a versatile receiver possessing soft hands who can work in the flat and middle of the field. He caught 15 balls last season averaging 8.9 yds a catch. His route tree is limited but there are positive athletic projections for more development and targets this fall.

Change of Direction - Brown is a patient runner who has a controlled pace when he approaches the line of scrimmage and forces tacklers to take bad angles and uses his short-area quickness and elusiveness to shoot the gaps. He has good vision and hip-dip movement when he makes up his mind where he wants to go. 

Devy Relevance 

Brown is an undervalued devy asset and should be targeted in your upcoming devy drafts. He will have Noah Cain and Devyn Ford breathing down his neck this fall but I expect him to be the primary ball carrier come September and have a breakout season. I’m officially conducting the Journey Brown hype train. Climb aboard.  

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