The sophomore wide receiver hails from Upper Darby, Pa., which is approximately 10 miles west of the City of Brotherly Love. That's the reason why former OSU head coach Jim Tressel dubbed Brown "Philly" after the 5-11, 182-pounder got to Columbus in 2010. The nickname was necessary because of a redshirt sophomore safety on the Buckeye roster who also happens to be Corey Brown.
Brown could only chuckle when asked about the name issue Tuesday night.
"It's not that bad," Brown said. "His name is Eddie. That's what I call him. It's his middle name."
The "other" Corey Brown is from Monroeville, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. He joined the Buckeyes a year earlier than his wide receiver counterpart, and thus got the right to be called by his first name by teammates and coaches.
"I don't really like Philly too much, but I guess I have to deal with it while I'm here," Philly Brown said. "Everybody around campus calls me Philly, so I've kind of gotten used to it by now."
Philly Brown is coming off his best game as a Buckeye Saturday night against Wisconsin. He caught a career-high four passes in the dramatic 33-29 win over the Badgers, but it really should have been five catches. Brown had a deep bomb from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller bounce off his facemask early in the first quarter.
Brown was the only Buckeye to catch more than one pass against UW, but his receptions paled in comparison to the only one caught by freshman Devin Smith. Smith's 40-yard touchdown grab came with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter and gave the Buckeyes the win.
Brown had one of the best views of the play, one that came at the end of a frantic final drive.
"We were out there just running playground routes," Brown said. "I think I ran a deep out, and Braxton told me that he pointed to me to get the safety to run over. (Then he threw) it to Devin."
Brown added that only Smith had heard what the play call was before the ball was snapped. He credited the growing maturity of Miller at quarterback for making the play happen.
"He's learning more and more everyday," Brown said. "He's starting to look off safeties and do crazy stuff like that. Come Michigan, he's going to be crazy."
Brown entered the season with high expectations. Because of the NCAA suspension levied to senior DeVier Posey, Brown was the most experienced wide receiver on the team. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, Brown was limited by a high-ankle sprain he suffered early in the second game of the season against Toledo. He missed the next three games – two of which Ohio State lost – before returning Oct. 8 for the Nebraska game.
Since returning, Brown has caught seven passes for 95 yards.
"I'm feeling good," Brown said. "I'm getting better and better every day. I'm still rehabbing though, even though it's good, just to make sure I can get all the swelling out of there."
In part because of Brown's early-season injury, the wide receivers have had a quiet season so far. Smith's touchdown reception was his 10th, and the Massillon (Ohio) product is the only wideout to reach double figures in catches. Brown has nine for a combined 112 yards with no touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Verlon Reed had the same number of grabs before being lost for the season because of a knee injury suffered against Michigan State.
"We've had a couple of key injuries," Brown said of his wide receiver unit. "Verlon got hurt. (Sophomore Chris Fields) had a little injury. I got hurt. But I think that just helped us grow a little bit to make sure we don't take anything for granted.
"That's our big motto in the wideout room, just don't take anything for granted and make sure we go hard every play."