Brandon Copeland

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This article is about the Arena football player born in 1986. For the Baltimore Ravens player born in 1991, see Brandon Copeland (linebacker).
Brandon Copeland
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-03-31) March 31, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenboro (NC) Walter Hines Page Senior
College: Bridgewater College
Undrafted: 2008
Career history
*mini-camp and/or practice roster member only
Career Arena football statistics as of 2011
Receptions: 103
Receiving yards: 1,008
Receiving TDs: 16
Tackles: 12
Kickoff return TDs: 1
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Brandon Copeland (born March 31, 1986) is a professional American and Arena football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He began his football career in college at Bridgewater College for four seasons with the Eagles.

In all four of his seasons with the Eagles, Copeland saw significant playing time. In both 2006 and 2007, Copeland played as a starter for the Eagles. After going undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns called Copeland in to attended the rookie Mini-camp.Following his camp in Cleveland, he would spend time in the 2008 season Arena Football League with the Philadelphia Soul and the Tri-Cities Fever AF2. In 2009, after failing to appear in an Arena Football League game, Copeland signed with the AF2's (Arena Football League 2) Tri-Cities Fever. He spent the remainder of the 2009 season with the Fever and totaled 41 passes for over 400 yards and 7 touchdowns in the last 5 games of the season. With great success with the Fever in 2009, Copeland was called back to participate with the team for the 2010 season. Copeland finished the 2010 IFL season as one of the elite 8 wide receivers in the league for reception and yards.[1] Copeland is currently signed under contract with the Tulsa Talons of the Arena Football 1 league.

Early years[edit]

He attended Walter Hines Page Senior High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. Throughout high school, Copeland played football, freshman basketball, and in track and field as a Sprint (running), long jumper and a triple jumper.

College career[edit]

Bridgewater College[edit]

Copeland attended Bridgewater College for four years and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Football[edit]

Copeland's football stats for his career at Bridgewater College were 127 receptions for 1,924 yards and 21 TD's.[2] While in college, Copeland managed to stack up many awards, records, and honors. In his 2004 and 2005 seasons, Copeland was a part of the ODAC conference football championship. In Copeland's career, he is:

Bridgewater College Football Career Top 10 Lists[edit]

  • No. 2 in receiving yards with 1,924
  • No. 2 in receiving touchdowns with 21
  • No. 2 in receptions with 127
  • No. 6 in punt returns with 30
  • No. 7 in punt return yards with 293
  • No. 7 in yards per punt return at 9.77
  • No. 9 in yards per catch at 15.15

Copeland holds the record for longest pass reception from scrimmage with a 99-yard reception against Wesley College (Delaware) (12/3/05).[3] Copeland also splits a record for most receiving yards in a game against Randolph–Macon College (11/4/06) with 217 reception yards.[3]

Track & Field[edit]

Copeland's Track and field stats at Bridgewater College were:

  • 2008 NCAA Qualifier Outdoor Championship Long Jump
  • 2008 NCAA Qualifier Outdoor Championship 4x100 meter relay
  • 2008 Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion (outdoor long jump)
  • 2008 Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion (outdoor 4x100 meter relay)
  • 2008 Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion (indoor long jump)
  • 2007 Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion (indoor long jump)
  • 11th-best long jump at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
  • 2006 All-American (long jump)
  • 7th-best long jump at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  • 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion (outdoor long jump)

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Copeland was an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns and was a part of their rookie Mini-camp. While attending the camp, Copeland was named “honorable mention camper” on day 2 of camp. Writer quoted “caught everything thrown his way”.

Copeland attended the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine held in Baltimore, MD on 2/11/12. There he posted the following stats:

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 199 lb 30.5 in 9 in 4.60 s 2.60 s 4.24 s 39 in
February 11, 2012 at Balitmore Ravens Practice Facility
External video
Brandon Copeland Wide Receiver NFL Regional Combines

After performing drills and running routes for the scouts, Copeland was selected to attend the NFL's Super Regional Combine held at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. On 3/30-3/31/12, Copeland attended the Super NFL Scouting Combine in front of 60+ representatives from all 32 teams. There Copeland posted the following stats:

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 0 in 205 lb 30.5 in 9 in 4.56 s 2.57 s
March 30, 2012 at Ford Field
External video
Brandon Copeland Wide Receiver NFL Regional Combines

Arena Football League[edit]

Copeland was invited to camp with the Tulsa Talons in 2011, and is currently still active with the team.

Copeland was signed to the practice squad of the Philadelphia Soul towards the end of the 2008 Arena Football League season.[4]

Arena Football League 2[edit]

Copeland attended the mini-camp of the Peoria Pirates in March of the 2009 season. He was released from the team at the end of camp due to insufficient roster space. In May 2009, Copeland was called back to be a part of the Peoria Pirates. From May until mid June, Copeland was just a practice player. In July, Copeland and many others were released by the team due to coaching staff changes. From his stint with the team, Copeland played in one game and recorded 3 catches for 34 yards. When Copeland was released from the Pirates in July, he was signed by the Tri-Cities Fever weeks later, for the remainder of the season. With the Fever, Copeland tallyed up a total 41 passes for over 400 yards and 7 touchdowns in the last 5 games of the season.

Indoor Football League (IFL)[edit]

At the end of the 2009 AF2 season with the Fever, Copeland was resigned to the team under new management with the Indoor Football League.Copeland participated the whole

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