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TEXASTECH.COM Neal Brown Bio

Posted: Oct 13, 2012 3:21 PM
Position:
Offensive Coordinator
Experience:
Third Season
Alma Mater:
Massachusetts '02, '05

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Neal Brown's final season with Texas Tech was in 2012.

The 2012 season marked the third and final season for Neal Brown as the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech.

During Brown's final season at Tech, the Red Raiders led the Big 12 and ranked second in the country in passing offense (361.9 yards/game) and finished 12th in the NCAA in total offense while averaging 501.4 yards/game.

The Red Raiders also had success on the ground during Brown's final campaign as offensive coordinator with 1, 674 rushing yards during the regular season - Tech's most since 1998 (2, 219).

The 2011 season, Brown's second in charge of the Texas Tech offense, led the way to a unit that ranked 13th nationally in total offense at 470.58 yards-per-game and 22nd in scoring at 33.83 points-per-game. Under his tutelage, quarterback Seth Doege became a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and led the nation in completions per-game at 33.17. Doege orchestrated the seventh best passing attack in the country as the Red Raiders averaged 345.42 yards-per-game through the air.

In his first year at Texas Tech and in the rugged Big 12 Conference, Brown produced one of the best offensive units in the league. His 2010 squad finished fourth in the conference in total offense (460.2 yards-per-game) and fourth in scoring at 33.1 points-per-game. Most impressively, Brown inherited a team that finished last in the league in rushing offense in 2009 (84.0 yards-per-game) and increased that total by an average of 57 yards-per-game and the Red Raiders finished in ninth in 2010 (141.3 yards-per-game).

Under his guidance, quarterback Taylor Potts threw for 3, 726 yards and finished third in the league in passing (286.6 yards-per-game), third in touchdown passes (35), fourth in total offense (286.9 yards-per-game) and fifth in passing efficiency (141.1). Potts was named the offensive MVP of the TicketCity Bowl and was named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week on Oct. 15.

Wideout Lyle Leong also benefitted under Brown's system as he hauled in 19 touchdown passes which was the second most in the country. Leong compiled 926 yards passing and that mark ranked sixth in the Big 12.

Brown, 31, came to Texas Tech from Troy University (Troy, Ala./Sun Belt Conference) in 2010 where he spent four seasons with the Trojans, including the last two as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. During his tenure at Troy, the Trojans won four consecutive conference titles and earned three bowl invitations. Despite being the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS, Brown's impact on the Trojan offense was impressive as his unit ended the 2009 season ranked third nationally in total offense (485.6 yards-per-game) fourth in passing (336.5 yards-per-game) and 16th in scoring (33.69 points-per-game). The Trojan offense dominated the Sun Belt Conference as they led the league in scoring, total offense, passing, pass efficiency and first downs.

In his first season as offensive coordinator in 2008, the Trojans' fast-paced no huddle offense set 10 school records, including the most total yards in a season, most first downs in a season, most total yards in a game, most first downs in a game, and most pass completions in a game. In his first season as offensive coordinator, Brown led the Trojans to a national ranking of 26 in total offense with 421.42 yards-per-game. He also led the Trojans rushing attack to a 36th-place national ranking, while the passing game came in at 32. The Trojans were the 23rd-highest scoring team in the country in 2008, averaging 33.25 points-per-game under Brown's leadership. In addition, Troy ranked in the top three of every major offensive category in the Sun Belt during the 2008 season.

As the offensive coordinator, Troy won two outright conference championships and played in two bowl games. He also tutored the 2009 Sun Belt Player of the Year in quarterback Levin Brown. Brown was second in total offense and sixth in passing while setting numerous school records.

During Brown's first two seasons at Troy he coached the inside receivers. In 2007, the Trojan offense was among the nation's leaders in scoring, total offense, passing, rushing, and most plays from scrimmage.

In Brown's first season at Troy, he helped transform the Trojan offense from one of the worst in all of college football to a unit that led the Sun Belt Conference. Brown, along with outside receivers coach Shayne Wasden, led a receiving corp that finished the season with three receivers ranked among the top 10 in the conference.

Brown went to Troy after serving as wide receivers coach at the University of Delaware, a perennial Division I-AA power. He started three freshmen in the Blue Hens' spread attack and led them to a 6-5 record. Prior to his stint at Delaware, Brown served as wide receivers coach and quarterbacks coach at NCAA Division I-AA Sacred Heart in 2004; leading the Fairfield, CT school to a record of 6-4 overall and the top-ranked scoring offense in the conference. Brown came to Sacred Heart after working as tight ends coach and offensive line assistant at the University of Massachusetts. In 2003, he helped lead the Minutemen to a share of the Atlantic-10 title and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management in 2002 and his Master's in Business Administration in 2005, both from the University of Massachusetts. Brown earned two letters as a wide receiver at UMass, catching 58 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns while being named to the Atlantic-10 All-Academic and the NCAA Division I-AA Athletic Director's Academic All-Star Team as a senior.

The Danville, KY native played his first three seasons at the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, Brown earned two letters and participated in the Outback and Music City Bowls. He was also a member of the Southeastern Conference's All-Academic Team all three seasons.

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