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Andre Brown Biography

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After playing in a “running back by committee” situation his first three years at State, Brown finally was given his opportunity to be the team’s full-time starter as a senior. Despite his excellent playing speed, he relished his role as the team’s inside runner, dishing out more punishment than he received with his excellent size, bulk and strength.



In 44 games at State, Brown carried the ball 523 times for 2,539 yards (4.85 avg) and 22 touchdowns, caught 70 passes for 631 yards (9.01 avg) and two scores, adding 341 yards on seventeen kickoff returns (20.05 avg), as he amassed 3,511 all-purpose yards, an average of 78.8 yards per game…His 2,539 yards on the ground rank seventh in school history behind Ted Brown (4,602; 1975-78), Joe McIntosh (3,642; 1981-84), Tremayne Stephens (3,533; 1994-97), Ray Robinson (2,781; 1998-2001), Anthony Barbour (2,575; 1988-92) and Stan Fritts (2,542; 1972-74)…His 523 rushing attempts placed eighth in school annals and his 22 touchdown runs tied Willie Burden (1971-73) for seventh on the school career-record list…Became the ninth player in State annals to generate over 3,500 all-purpose yards (3,511) in a career…His average of 5.3 yards per rushing attempt in 2006 tied Ray Robinson (1998) for eleventh on the Wolfpack’ season-record list…Holds the school game-record for freshman after rushing for 248 yards vs. Southern Mississippi in 2005, which rank second on the overall game-record list behind Ted Brown (251 vs. Penn State, 1977)…His 32 carries in that Southern Miss clash tied T.A. McLendon (vs. Texas Tech in 2002) and Jamelle Eugene (vs. North Carolina in 2007) for seventh on the school game-record chart…His 279 all-purpose yards vs. Southern Mississippi in 2005 is topped only by Torry Holt (296 vs. Baylor, 1998) on State’s game-record list…Tied for ninth in school annals with six 100-yard rushing performances during his career.


All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report…Battled back from a left foot fracture in spring camp to start all thirteen games, leading the team with a career-high 767 yards and seven touchdowns on 175 carries (4.4 avg)…Registered 46 first-down runs (26.29%), as he converted 8-of-12 third-down snaps and had 29 positive carries inside the red zone, including 15 on goal-line plays…23 of his runs were for at least 10 yards, as he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage 17 times (9.71%) and stopped for no gain on eight other runs…Had key rushes that set up ten touchdown drives and one more that ended with a field goal…Ranked second on the team with a career-high 29 receptions for 309 yards (10.7 avg) and two scores…Added 13 yards on a kickoff return to total 1,089 all-purpose yards, an average of 83.77 yards per game.


South Carolina…
The Wolfpack had just 138 yards in total offense, much of which came from Brown, who notched his sixth career game of 100 or more rushing yards…Starting in place of injured junior Jamelle Eugene, Brown had 101 yards on 21 carries to move into eleventh place on the NC State career rushing list with 1,873 yards….“Certainly we missed Jamelle Eugene, but everybody was talking about Andre Brown like he was chopped liver,” head coach Tom O’Brien said. “I thought we rushed the ball well all night. Andre had over 100 yards and Curtis Underwood got some yards at the end of the game.”

William & Mary…Brown followed with seventeen carries for 43 yards, but dragged three defenders with him into the end zone for a first quarter 3-yard touchdown run.

Clemson…Brown led N.C. State with 64 yards rushing on 14 carries…Also caught four passes for 51 yards and converted a third-&-3 handoff into a 7-yard run to set up a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter.

East Carolina…Brown scored on the ground and in the air, catching four passes for 35 yards while rushing for 73 yards on twelve chances…He scored his first touchdown on a reception when he turned a flare pass into a 4-yard score in the second frame…A press box-overturned replay gave NC State a game-tying touchdown with 72 seconds remaining in regulation and Brown scored on a 10-yard run in overtime to give the Wolfpack a 30-24 victory…Brown set up his score with a 16-yard high-hurdling run, and followed with a 10-yard run for the winning touchdown in front of a sell-out crowd of 57,583 at Carter-Finley Stadium…“When the defense goes out there and play like they played, getting that turnover in overtime and making those two stands inside the 5, I didn’t want to rely on the kicker, to be honest with you,” Brown said. “I wanted to go out there, put that boy in the end zone and get out of here.”

South Florida…The senior tailback generated just 39 yards on nine carries, but pulled down a pair of passes for 85 yards…He ran for his 18th career touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 1:06 left in the first half…At the start of the third quarter, he tackled Jerome Murphy after the defender picked off a State pass, only to have Brown chase down the cornerback after an 11-yard return.

Florida State…The Pack built an early lead thanks to the legs of Brown, who forced FSU to tackle him with multiple defenders on seven of his twelve carries, good for 50 yards.

MarylandThe Wolfpack took the opening kickoff and used nearly 8 minutes with a 14-play drive before Brown capped that 73-yard possession with a 1-yard dive. The tailback gained 56 yards on fifteen runs and 38 yards on five receptions, but he lost the ball on a fumble in the first quarter, setting up a Maryland touchdown drive.

Duke…Brown totaled 57 yards on fifteen attempts, using a 16-yard reception and a 14-yard run to set up a State 22-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Wake ForestBrown followed with fourteen carries for 66 yards and three catches for 19 yards… He converted a pair of third-down snaps into first-down runs and added a 7-yard carry to set up Russell Wilson’s 11-yard scoring toss that ended a 12-play, 67-yard first quarter possession.

North Carolina…Fighting for a bowl berth, Brown punished State’s interstate rivals with 20 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown, as he also gained 28 yards on three receptions…“The thought [of this being a lost season] tried to creep in our heads, but we didn’t let it,” said senior tailback Andre Brown. “With the talent we have, we just knew something good was going to happen. We were going to go out and continue to play Wolfpack football and get some wins.”…In the third quarter, the Tar Heel defense forced QB Russell Wilson out of the pocket and he scampered 26-yards to the UNC 2-yard line. Brown then scored his team’s third touchdown of the day on a two-yard run.

Miami…The senior tailback collected a season-high 93 yards on 40 attempts, including a touch-down and snatched two passes for 24 yards and another score…A 2-yard lob from Russell Wilson put Brown in the end zone to cap a 10-play, 96-yard first quarter possession…With 2:30 left in the game, he powered his way in for a 4-yard touchdown run…Record Watch- Brown moved into eighth place on the career rushing list (2,500), and into ninth place in career all-purpose yards (3,455).

Rutgers ( Bowl)…Brown closed out his career with 39 yards on eleven carries… The Wolfpack finished the first half with a 13-play 80-yard drive that was capped with a 5-yard touchdown run by Brown with 38 seconds to play in the half.
Brown played in eight games, starting at tailback vs. Boston College, Wofford, Clemson, Louisville and Florida State…Missed four complete games after fracturing his foot at Florida State…Underwent surgery and didn’t return until the Wake Forest game…Rushed for 447 yards on 95 carries (4.7 avg) that included five touchdowns…Grabbed more passes (25 for 194 yards and a 7.8-yard average) than he did in his first two seasons combined.


Opened the season with fourteen carries for 73 yards and a 33-yard score vs. Central Florida…Added 63 yards on thirteen tries and 77 yards on seven receptions in the Boston College clash…Rushed for a season-high 133 yards, along with three touchdowns, getting 21 carries vs. Wofford…Followed with sixteen attempts for 92 yards and five receptions for 38 yards vs. Florida State.


Brown started seven of twelve games, gaining 658 yards with four touchdowns on 124 attempts (5.3 avg)…Caught nine passes for 52 yards (5.8 avg) and returned seven kickoffs for 131 yards (18.7 avg)…Became the 21st player in school history to rush for over 1,000 career yards when he had 113 vs. Florida State…Reached that milestone in his 16th game, the eight-shortest time in school history for a player to reach 1,000 rushing yards.


Opened the season with fifteen rushes for 125 yards and a 43-yard score vs. Appalachian State…Added 97 yards and a touchdown on thirteen carries and 24 yards on two catches vs. Boston College…Followed with eighteen attempts for 113 yards vs. Florida State and had eight runs for 67 yards, including a score vs. Wake Forest…Added another touchdown to go with 62 yards on ten rushes vs. Maryland


Earned Freshman All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors from The Sporting News… Academic All-ACC selection during his first year with the Wolfpack, as he started the team’s final five games…Finished with 667 yards and six touchdowns on 129 carries (5.2 avg)…Made seven catches for 76 yards (10.9 avg) and gained 197 yards on nine kickoff returns (21.9 avg)…Ran for over 100 yards twice, getting 179 yards with a 65-yard score on 26 carries vs. Florida State…His 248 yards on 47 attempts, including two touchdowns vs. Southern Mississippi rank second on the school game-record list.


Attended Hargrave Military Academy


Attended Greenville (N.C.) Rose High School, playing football for head coach Greg Thomas…Parade All-American as a senior…Named North Carolina’s Associated Press Player of the Year…Scored 47 times during his career and set the state season-record with 3,479 yards rushing as a senior, averaging 12.2 yards per attempt to lead the team to the state Class 4A title.


Parks, Recreation and Tourism major…Born 12/15/86…Resides in Greenville, North Carolina.

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