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Brown tabbed as QB to watch by The Sports Network

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[May 16, 2012]  PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Illinois State senior quarterback Matt Brown heads into his final season in 2012 with school records in reach and an impressive resume built over the past three years, which is why he was tabbed as one of the Football Championship Subdivision top 10 quarterbacks to watch by Craig Haley of The Sports Network Tuesday.

The three-year ISU starting signal-caller was one of three Missouri Valley Football Conference quarterbacks selected for the list. The Marion, Ill., native was joined on the list by Youngstown State's Kurt Hess and South Dakota State's Austin Sumner.

Brown is one of just two Redbird quarterbacks in program history to throw for over 2,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and has thrown for 7,221 yards and 51 touchdown passes in his career, which ranks third in the Illinois State history books in both categories. Last season, Brown was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection, after he threw for 2,187 yards and 18 touchdowns, with a school single-season completion percentage record of 65 percent (208-for-320).

In 2010, Brown set career highs with 2,665 yards and 22 touchdown passes following the 2009 season, when he was named the MVFC Freshman of the Year after taking over as the team's starting quarterback after the season-opener and setting new Illinois State freshman records for completions (226), attempts (352) and passing yards (2,369).

Brown will be under center when the Redbirds begin the 2012 season at Hancock Stadium, Sept.1, against Pioneer Football League opponent Dayton.

[Text from news release received from Michael Williams, Illinois State University]

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