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Cornelius Brown 13
Cornelius Brown

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Adel, Ga.

High School:
Cook

Last College:
Reedley (CA) C.C.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 205

Position:
Strong Safety

Experience:
1L


10/21/2006

Missouri Homecomming

Kansas State @ Missouri Football Homecomming Game

09/23/2006

Mizzou Football vs. Ohio

Sept. 23, 2006 -- Faurot Field

09/09/2006

Mizzou Football vs. Ole Miss

Sept. 9, 2006 Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field

  • 2007 All-Big 12 Second Team (Coaches)
  • Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (9-5-07)
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (9-4-07)
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (10-22-07)

2007 SEASON
Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week who was playing at an All-America and All-Conference level before rupturing his Achilles tendon against Iowa State, forcing season-ending surgery ... Had a breakout game in the season opener against Illinois, with three turnovers gained (two fumble recoveries and one game-ending INT) ... That performance earned him Big 12 and National Player of the Week honors ... Picked up an Illini fumble in the second quarter two-yards deep in MU s endzone and scampered the length of the field for a touchdown return of 100 yards that tied the NCAA record for longest fumble return ... Then helped the Tigers close out the victory by intercepting a pass at the one-yard line with under a minute to go in the game as the Illini were attempting to go in for a go-ahead score ... Also recovered a fumble in the second quarter that set up an MU TD drive, and finished with five tackles on the day, including one TFL ... Was the teams leading tackler against Ole Miss with 12 total stops ... Added five tackles against Western Michigan ... Was second on the team with 11 stops in the win over Illinois State ... Notched his second INT of the year against Nebraska's Sam Keller ... Made the pick midway through the third quarter at the Mizzou 21-yard line ... That interception resulted in seven points just six plays later ... Added five tackles against the Huskers ... Made eight stops, including one tackle for loss against Oklahoma ... Also forced a Sooner fumble ... Was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after he led the team with 14 tackles against Texas Tech, including 4.5 tackles for loss and intercepted a Graham Harrell pass, Brown's third INT of the year ... Also deflected a pass which Stryker Sulak picked off and returned 38 yards for MU's first TD of the game against TTU ... ... Had made 10 tackles against Iowa State before suffering the season-ending injury in the final minutes of the game.

2006 SEASON
Junior college transfer who came in and provided solid contributions in his first year with the program, playing at the free safety position ... Saw action in 12 games, including one start (at Texas Tech) ... Had 40 tackles on the season, which ranked 11th on the squad ... Was off to a big start to the year, as he registered 18 tackles combined in Mizzou's first four games, and returned punts as well, but a sprained ankle hampered him through the last part of the season ... Had a career-high eight tackles against Kansas State, but best game might have been at Texas Tech, where he made his first start at Mizzou, and he notched seven tackles and broke up one pass ... Also had a big day against Ole Miss, as he had three tackles, including a half-sack of Rebel QB Brent Schaffer ... Returned a punt in the Ole Miss game that went for a 61-yard TD, but it was called back for a block in the back ... Ended the year with a two-tackle game in the Sun Bowl against Oregon State.

JUNIOR COLLEGE
Highly-skilled safety who played for national power Reedley Community College ... Ranked as the No. 92 junior college prospect in the country, at any position, according to Rivals ... Will have three years to play two at Mizzou ... Won First-Team All-State and All-Conference honors as a sophomore, as he helped lead his team to a conference championship in 2005 ... Reedley also won the league title in his freshman year in 2004 ... Reedley was ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the 2005 season by JCGridiron.com, and finished the year 10-0 ... Earned Second-Team All-Conference honors that season, and was also named his team's defensive player of the year ... Also returned both kickoffs and punts ... Junior college coach - Michael White.

HIGH SCHOOL
Was a two-time First-Team All-State selection in high school as a defensive back in Adel, Ga., at Cook High School ... Also earned All-Region mention as a sophomore and junior at the wide receiver position ... Lettered in football four years in high school, as well as three years in basketball.

PERSONAL
Parents - Edward & Maggie Gear ... Chose Mizzou over Texas Tech, New Mexico, Boise State and Marshall, among others ... Primary Mizzou recruiter - Craig Kuligowski.

BROWN CAREER STATISTICS
Tackles
G-GS Solo-Asst. Total TFL-Yds. Sacks PBU INT
2006 12-1 21-19 40 0.5-4 0.5-4 1 0
2007 8-8 41-29 70 8-18 0-0 4 3
Totals 20-9 62-48 110 8.5-22 0.5-4 5 3