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Brandon Hogan
Brandon Hogan.jpg
Brandon Hogan practicing before the 2007 Mississippi State game
College West Virginia University
Conference Big East
Sport Football
Position Receiver & Cornerback
Class Sophomore
Career 2007–present
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Nationality USA
Born 1988
Manassas, Virginia
High school Osbourn High School

Brandon Hogan (born 1988 in Manassas, Virginia) is an American football receiver, cornerback, and return specialist for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Hogan was ranked as the #24 best player in the Big East entering his junior season, and was predicted to be one of the best corners in the conference by ESPN.[1]

Early life[edit]

Brandon Hogan played football at Osbourn High School, where he began to earn respect on the collegiate recruiting scene. As a junior, Hogan passed for 2,045 yards and 18 touchdown, totaling 3,183 yards and 36 touchdowns on the season. In his senior season, Hogan passed for 2,430 yards and rushed for 1,781 yards with 59 total touchdowns as he led Osbourn to a AAA Division 6 State Championship. Hogan was named All-Metro by Washington Post and all-state his senior year. Hogan is cousin to one time boxing prospects Ormario, Ordano and Orazio Robinson.

On the recruiting scene, Hogan was offered scholarships by West Virginia University, University of Kentucky, Marshall University, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Hogan was projected as a cornerback, rather than a quarterback. After a February 2 visit, Hogan chose to accept the scholarship offer at West Virginia.[2]

Collegiate career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

After enrolling at West Virginia University in 2007, Hogan was projected as a defensive back on the team's roster.[2] However, Hogan played slot receiver for his debut season. Hogan grabbed 12 receptions on the season for 67 yards, a 5.6 yard per catch average. Hogan saw action on more than 225 plays during the season, including a season-high 55 plays against ECU. In that game, Hogan recorded a season-high six receptions for 44 yards.

Sophomore season[edit]

Hogan began spring practices in April 2008 with an impressive performance in the team's first scrimmage. In the scrimmage, Hogan totaled a team-best six catches for 67 yards and a score and also rushed for a touchdown as he finished with 82 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.[3] In the Gold & Blue Spring Game on April 19, Hogan led all receivers with 6 receptions for 49 yards. However, as fall practice began Hogan made the transition from receiver to cornerback, the position he was projected to play when he arrived at West Virginia as a freshman.[4]

Hogan saw his first career start at cornerback in the 27-3 victory over Marshall, in which he recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble. In the 24-17 victory over Rutgers, Hogan had 5 tackles in his second start at corner. Then in the win over Syracuse, Hogan had 4 tackles. Hogan followed-up the Syracuse game with 3 tackles in the 34-17 win over Auburn.

In the 35-13 win over Connecticut, Hogan had 3 tackles, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions for a total of 50 return yards. The interceptions were Hogan's first of his career. In the following 26-23 loss in overtime to Cincinnati, Hogan was second on the team with 9 tackles and two pass break-ups. In the 13-7 victory in the USF season finale, Hogan led the team with 9 tackles. However, he missed the Meineke Car Care Bowl victory over North Carolina due to a personal illness issue. Various players honored Hogan during the game, while the team held up Hogan's #22 jersey before the game.[5]

Hogan finished his first season at cornerback as a sophomore with 60 tackles, 3 interceptions, seven pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles. Hogan played in 12 games and started 9 on the year; he tied for the team lead in interceptions and sixth on the team in tackles. Hogan earned WVU's Defensive Champion honors four times and the Special Teams Champion honor once.

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