Brown Took Long Road To Rebels
Aug. 14, 2010
CAMP REBEL (UNLVRebels.com) - As the UNLV football team goes through two preseason practices on Saturday, one of the many Rebel newcomers in camp - the guy wearing red practice jersey No. 3 - already knows all about the program.
Defensive back Corbin Brown, the 6-0, 175-pound son of one of UNLV's earliest stars on the gridiron, played at Spring Valley High School in town and was ranked among the top 60 safeties recruits in the nation after his senior season in 2008. He originally thought he was going to Hawaii before ultimately signing to play at the Air Force Academy. He earned playing time with the Mountain West Conference rival Falcons last season but knew he needed a change.
"I tried it out and the place is great and football was great but I didn't grow up a military brat or anything," he says. "It was a matter of not really fitting in."
Corbin transferred home and officially became a member of the Rebels earlier this month when the team gathered on campus to begin camp. While he must sit out the 2010 season per NCAA transfer rules, he has seen a lot of time in drills so far getting to know the system before he switches over to helping the scout team this fall.
Corbin is the son of Greg Brown, who set every UNLV punt return record during his career in 1970-71 and still holds the school mark for longest punt return with an 86-yarder vs. Oregon Tech and career punt return average with 15.9 yards per attempt.
Asked if wearing the Scarlet & Gray is special to his father, Corbin says his dad is happy to see him playing college football, wherever that may be.
"But," says Corbin, "being at UNLV does make it even better."
Corbin Brown is one of four sons of former Rebel football players currently in the program. He is joined by: freshman kicker/punter Nolan Kohorst (Henderson/Green Valley HS), who is the son of Keith Kohorst (OL, 1981-82); freshman fullback/tight end Brett Rather (Las Vegas/Green Valley HS), son of Bob Rather (LB, 1977-78); and junior linebacker Chris Jones (Las Vegas/Shadow Ridge HS), whose dad is the late Kirk Jones, who starred at running back for the 1984 California Bowl champions and still ranks third in career rushing yards with 2,656.
After their second round of double-days on Saturday, the Rebels will hit the field just once on Sunday, beginning at 2:30 p.m.