Height/Weight: 5-foot-11 / 195-pounds
High School: Southlake Carroll high school (Tex.)
After winning a kicking battle over Mauro Bondi in fall camp, the true freshman was thrown into the fire. The scholarship kicker connected on 14-of-21 field goals and was perfect on 59 PAT attempts. Brown’s 7.8 points per game ranked seventh in the Big Ten and fourth among kickers.
Also handling kickoff duties after Mauro Bondi’s broken collarbone, it appeared Brown ran out of gas late in the season.
While not up to Nebraska standards over the last decade, Brown’s season was a success when grading on a freshman curve.
After only making 67 percent of his kicks during his freshman season, Brown pushed it to 77 percent in 2015, nailing 21 of 27 field goals with his long coming from 50 yards. His efforts earned him second-team All-Big Ten honors by both the Associated Press and Big Ten Media.
Brown’s 21 field goals in 2015 was the second highest single-season total for Nebraska. The junior was 14 of 17 from field goals 30 to 49 yards.
Brown also handled kickoffs, logging 32 touchbacks during the season on 79 kickoffs.
Now an upperclassman, Brown is considered one of the better kickers in the Big Ten, if not the country, going into 2016.
Brown’s 35 field goals in his first two seasons puts him on pace to break Alex Henery’s Nebraska record of 68 (76 attempts) during his career. Brown would He will also try to break Henery’s consecutive field goals made record of 18 when the season resumes in September. Currently Brown is riding an 11-kick streak of his own.
Don’t be surprised to see Brown’s workload increase in 2016. After a year with the staff and a year older, it’s likely Nebraska will trust the junior a little more this season when he’s on the edge of his range.
How he ended up in Lincoln: The brother of former Nebraska kicker Kris Brown, Drew committed to Nebraska the June before his senior year, when he showcased his leg at Nebraska’s special teams camp. He did not take any other visits.
Brown’s kicking career in high school was one of the best the state of Texas has ever seen. The former three-star kicker made 187-of-188 PAT attempts his junior and senior year, connecting on 18-of-21 field goal attempts.