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Record Day Helps Brown Earn Big South Honors

November 16, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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For the third time this year, Mike Brown has been named the Big South Offensive Player of the Week, this time after finishing with a school-record 198 receiving yards against Gardner-Webb.

For the third time this year, Mike Brown has been named the Big South Offensive Player of the Week, this time after finishing with a school-record 198 receiving yards against Gardner-Webb.

Following a record-setting performance against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Liberty's Mike Brown was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week earlier today, his third-such honor this season.

Brown (R-So., QB/WR, Charlottesville, Va.) turned out to be one of Liberty's main offensive weapons during the Flames' 51-28 road victory over the Bulldogs.

The sophomore finished the afternoon with 10 receptions for 198 yards, including an 80-yard scoring strike.

His 198 total receiving yards set a new program standard, surpassing Courtney Freeman's previous record of 186 yards compiled on 12 receptions against Western Kentucky on Oct. 19, 1996. The yardage total was also the fourth highest by a wide receiver in Big South history.

Brown also led the Flames' ground game, as he rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries, scoring twice on short-yardage runs. He scored the team's first two touchdowns of the day, giving him eight rushing touchdowns on the season.

Brown finished the day with 18 points, marking a new career high. The Charlottesville, Va., native had previously reached the 12-point mark twice during his career, doing so against West Virginia and West Virginia Wesleyan earlier this season.

Brown also returned a punt 15 yards, giving him 265 all-purpose yards against the Bulldogs. The figure was his second-highest, single-game total this year (also had 271 all-purpose yards against West Virginia) and is tied for the ninth-best, single-game mark in Big South history.

With his receiving yardage against Gardner-Webb, Brown now has the top two single-game receiving totals by any player in the Big South this season. He opened the year by catching 11 passes for 157 yards against West Virginia.

As previously mentioned, Brown is now a three-time recipient of the Big South's top offensive weekly honor in 2009. He was also bestowed the accolade on Sept. 7 after his outing at West Virginia and two weeks later after he posted career numbers against Lafayette.

During the battle with the Leopards, Brown started his first career game under center, where the quarterback completed 29-of-36 passing attempts for 242 yards and a touchdown pass to go along with 88 rushing yards and another score on the ground.

Brown is the first player this year to earn the Big South's Offensive Player of the Week honors three times. The only other players to be honored three times by the league this year are Gardner-Webb's Matthew Goods and Presbyterian's Lance Byrd, who have been both been named Freshman of the Week on three occasions.

Joining Brown as this week's league honorees were Charleston Southern defensive back Chris Kuzdale, who was named Defensive Player of the Week, Charleston Southern kicker John Paglia, who was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week, and Byrd, who took home his third Freshman of the Week honors.

With Brown's third weekly conference selection, Liberty now has had 13 players honored by the league this year, which is more than any other team in the Big South this season.

Brown and the rest of the Flames will close out the regular-season portion of their schedule this weekend, when they travel to Stony Brook, N.Y., to square off against Stony Brook.

Liberty has already clinched a share of its third-straight Big South Conference title, as the Seawolves are second in the league with a 4-1 record. The Flames will have the opportunity to clinch the title outright when they make their first-ever appearance inside LaValle Stadium for the 1 p.m. contest.