Brown at 49ers training camp in August 2010.
No. 16 Spokane Shock
|Date of birth:January 23, 1987|
|Place of birth: West Palm Beach, Florida|
|High school: West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Lakes|
|College: West Virginia|
|Undrafted in 2010|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Active|
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Jarrett Brown (born January 23, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at West Virginia, and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft. He served as the starting quarterback for the West Virginia Mountaineers at West Virginia University during the 2009 season after three seasons as the backup to Pat White.
Brown was born in West Palm Beach, Florida to trucking company owner James and mother Sherry Brown. He attended Palm Beach Lakes High School where he played football and basketball. Brown received a letter in basketball all four years. Over the course of his high school football career, Brown compiled more than 7,100 passing yards and 73 touchdowns. As a senior, he recorded 1,800 passing yards for 18 touchdowns, and 485 rushing yards. The Sun-Sentinel named him the player of the year and he was also named the all-state quarterback at the 6-A level. Rivals.com rated him a three-star prospect and the 12th-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2005 recruiting class. Brown received scholarship offers from Central Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, NC State, and West Virginia.
In 2005, Brown enrolled at West Virginia University where he studied athletic coaching education. He sat out his true freshman season on redshirt status after losing the competition for starting quarterback to Pat White. Brown said that he first found out about the decision by reading the team's website. He discussed transferring to another college with his family once but felt loyal to West Virginia, which was the first school to offer him an athletic scholarship and countenance his playing both football and basketball. Brown spent the offseason working out with the linebackers in the weight room and studying head coach Rich Rodriguez's playbook.
In 2006, Brown played in six games as a backup behind starting quarterback Pat White. Against Marshall, he scored a touchdown on a seven–yard quarterback keeper. Against Eastern Washington, he threw 11 completions on 15 attempts for 129 yards. Brown also saw some action in garbage time against Syracuse, Connecticut, and Cincinnati. Pat White was injured before the regular season finale, so Brown started against Rutgers. Brown completed 14 of 29 passes for 244 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also made 17 rushing attempts for 73 yards and one touchdown, and he was sacked twice. Brown threw the game-winning touchdown pass to win the game in triple overtime.
In 2007, Brown played in ten games as a reserve. He recorded 31 completions on 48 attempts for 341 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Brown also rushed 49 times for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Against South Florida, Brown was substituted for an injured White, and passed for 149 yards and a touchdown. After the football season, he played basketball for the Mountaineers and scored 13 points in as many games.
In 2008, Brown played in nine games, starting once. He recorded 22 completions on 30 attempts for 114 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Brown and White alternated as the quarterback during the Rutgers game, with Brown being utilized often in short-yardage situations. He said, "Whatever gets me on the field and whatever helps this team, I enjoy it, I'm just playing my role." White was eventually knocked out of that game by injury, and Brown replaced him for the remainder and led West Virginia to win, 24–17. After the season, Brown joined the basketball team, but eventually re-dedicated his focus on football.
With the graduation of Pat White, Brown was promoted to the starting position for the 2009 season. Against East Carolina, Brown led the Mountaineers to a 35–20 victory and completed 24 of 31 pass attempts for 334 yards and four touchdowns. For his performance, the Big East Conference named him the Offensive Player of the Week. The following week, West Virginia lost to Auburn, 41–30. Brown completed 18 of 32 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown, but also threw four interceptions and lost one fumble. After the game, head coach Bill Stewart defended Brown and said, "He's learning, and we've got a lot of football to play. And I'm glad Jarrett Brown is my quarterback." The Charleston Gazette wrote, "Did he take some chances? Yes, and a bunch of them paid off, which is why West Virginia led most of the game." Against Colorado, West Virginia overcame a string of four consecutive fumbles in the first quarter, including one by Brown, to win 35–24. Head coach Stewart credited Brown and running back Noel Devine with keeping the offense's composure.
Brown was injured early in the Marshall game, and replaced by true freshman quarterback Eugene "Geno" Smith. Brown suffered a mild concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit from two defensive backs, but returned for the next game against Connecticut. Brown completed 19 of 32 passes for 205 yards and one interception in the loss to South Florida, which snapped West Virginia's four-game winning streak. He threw one touchdown pass against Louisville, but the Mountaineers offense struggled to a 17–9 win. Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen attributed a drop-off in Brown's performance from earlier in the season to a string of minor injuries. Brown scored touchdowns on a three-yard pass and an eight-yard run in a losing 24–21 effort against fifth-ranked Cincinnati. Late in the game against ninth-ranked Pittsburgh, Brown led a 42-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal. In the regular season finale, Brown ran for a first down on a naked bootleg to clinch a 24–21 victory over Rutgers. West Virginia earned an invitation to the 2010 Gator Bowl, where it faced Florida State, but Brown was replaced by Smith after suffering an ankle injury in the first half.
Brown played in the 2010 Senior Bowl, in which he was a reserve behind Florida quarterback Tim Tebow; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch considered him the most impressive quarterback of the game. As an NFL Draft prospect, The Sporting News praised his "strong arm and quick release". At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and recorded a 34.5-inch vertical jump and nine-foot, six-inch broad jump. NBC Sports considered him a viable scrambling quarterback in the league. He scored a 15 on the Wonderlic intelligence test. ESPN considered Brown as the best performing in a mediocre crop of quarterbacks during the combine.
San Francisco 49ers
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers signed Brown to a free agent contract. He was re-signed to the practice squad, but the franchise released him on September 8 when it signed quarterback Troy Smith and moved Nate Davis to the practice squad. Later in September, Brown tried out with the Pittsburgh Steelers alongside quarterbacks Levi Brown and John David Booty in search of a replacement for the injured Dennis Dixon.
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- Finally a starter, Brown ready to do heavy lifting with Mountaineers, Sports Illustrated, August 16, 2009.
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- Jarrett Brown Profile, Scout.com, retrieved July 31, 2009.
- 2006 Game Log, ESPN, retrieved July 30, 2009.
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- Brian Woodson, White out, Brown in, WVU wins, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, October 4, 2008.
- Rutgers tormented by West Virginia backup QB Jarrett Brown, The Star-Ledger, October 4, 2008.
- The wait is over for longtime backup QB Brown, The Associated Press, August 22, 2009.
- WVU's Brown named Big East offensive player of the week, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 14, 2009.
- Todd leads Auburn's charge past West Virginia, ESPN, September 19, 2009.
- It wasn't all Jarrett Brown's fault, The Charleston Gazette, September 21, 2009.
- WVU rebounds from 4 first-half turnovers, The Daily Athenaeum, October 2, 2009.
- Herd's McClelland: 'We let one slip away', The News & Sentinel, October 18, 2009.
- Brown doesn't remember jarring hit, ESPN, October 22, 2009.
- Connecticut 24, West Virginia 28, ESPN, October 24, 2009.
- Daniels guides South Florida past West Virginia, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 31, 2009.
- West Virginia struggles past Louisville 17-9, The Seattle Times, November 7, 2009.
- Healthy Brown's ready to get back to his old self, The Charleston Gazette, November 11, 2009.
- Bearcats show claws WVU falls, 24-21, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 14, 2009.
- Pike's six touchdowns power Bearcats, Athens Banner-Herald, November 28, 2009.
- Brown gets last laugh against Rutgers defense, The Trentonian, December 6, 2009.
- Florida State beats West Virginia, 33-21, in Gator Bowl, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 1, 2010.
- Brown Barely Talked about at Senior Bowl, WVNS TV, January 31, 2010.
- Jarrett Brown impressing at Senior Bowl, NBC Sports, January 27, 2010.
- Brown, Pike among QBs emerging from Tebow's shadow, The Sporting News, January 28, 2010.
- Jarrett Brown runs 3.91, NBC Sports, February 28, 2010.
- Jarrett Brown gets 15 on the Wonderlic, MSBNC, March 19, 2010.
- QBs fail to excite at scouting combine, ESPN, February 28, 2010.
- UDFAs Blount, Vann, Brown agree to terms with 49ers, The Press-Democrat, April 24, 2010.
- Steelers try out Levi Brown, Jarrett Brown, John David Booty, National Football Post, September 21, 2009.
- "B.C. Lions welcome QB once convicted of manslaughter". www.cba.ca. The Canadian Press. October 9, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- Mike Beamish (April 25, 2013). "Lions backup QB Jarrett Brown part of NFL draft mystery". www.vancourersun.com. Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- "Eric Meyer returning as quarterback for Spokane Shock". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
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