#83 Ed Brown
Position: Defensive Back
Previous College: None
Projection: Special Teams
Status: Preferred Walk-On
Edward Lee Brown (b. Dec. 25, 1990) is one of those players I profile every year and think to myself, "Is this guy ever going to graduate?" That seems harsh, but there's always a few of them. But at least he finally has played.
Brown generated a little buzz in August 2010 as a wide receiver, but not enough to avoid the near-inevitable redshirt that most incoming freshmen must succumb to under Bill Snyder, especially those of the walk-on variety.
He caught two passes for 24 yards for the White team in the 2011 spring game. That didn't exactly herald a breakout freshman season. Instead, Brown was switched to defensive back and only saw action against Kent State.
Then in 2012, he didn't even see the field. Although most would be tempted to write Brown off as a non-factor at that point, I didn't. I predicted last August he would break through and collect some reserve playing time last season.
Well, Brown finally played, in each of the final three games on special teams, but did not record any statistics.
Given his lack of production at the collegiate level, it's easy to forget Brown arrived at K-State with some pedigree.
He lettered two years under head coach Joe Hammond at Bradenton Prep Academy, where he helped the Panthers to go 13-0 and win a state championship as a senior, playing wide receiver, running back and safety.
Brown caught 15 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, rushed 18 times for 229 yards and three scores, and recorded 59 tackles, including 10 sacks, during his high school career.