The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 NU football players you need to know heading into the season.
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5-11, 190 • Freshman • Wide receiver
The Chicago product had a few moments in 2020 — a few nice catches, a good run on a reverse — then missed the spring with an injury. There’s a lot to like about his game — especially with versatility as a returner and receiver — but he has serious competition in 2021 for the slot role: Samori Toure — the presumptive starter — and now Will Nixon, who looked quick and aggressive in the spring. We like Nixon a little more at this moment but still expect Brown to play. As a returner, he’ll need to improve his vision and patience from a lackluster 2020 campaign.