Brandon Browner Leaves the Program

Jan. 6, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University sophomore football student-athlete Brandon Browner has elected to leave school, Beaver head coach Mike Riley announced Thursday afternoon. Browner is eligible for the NFL Draft, but OSU officials have not been notified if he has signed a contract with an agent.

Browner started all 23 games of his career at right cornerback. He was named the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year after making six interceptions as a redshirt. Browner earned honorable mention all-conference acclaim this season after entering the year as a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's premier defensive back.

'I'm disappointed I won't have the opportunity to coach Brandon for a year or two more,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'This does, however, open up an opportunity for someone else to step up and make an immediate contribution.'

Browner, from Sylmar, Calif., leaves Oregon State with 87 career tackles, six interceptions and 15 pass breakups.

The Beavers will now have three new starters in the defensive secondary for the 2005 season. The last time the program did not return at least two starters in the defensive backfield was in 1989.

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