Barion Brown named SEC co-Freshman of the Week

Kentucky freshman delivers first 100-yard receiving game, secures second SEC honor
Barion Brown.

Kentucky beat NIU 31-23.

Grace Bradley | UK Athletics
Barion Brown. Kentucky beat NIU 31-23. Grace Bradley | UK Athletics(Grace Bradley | Grace Bradley)
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 1:45 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky freshman Barion Brown was named the Southeastern Conference co-Freshman of the Week after notching his first career 100-yard receiving game, the league announced Monday.

Brown, a 6-foot-1, 166-pound wide receiver and return specialist from Nashville, also pulled down his first two touchdown receptions, a 70-yarder and 15-yarder. He caught a total of four passes for 102 yards and two scores in Kentucky’s 31-23 victory over Northern Illinois. The 102 receiving yards are the most for a UK freshman since Garrett “Juice” Johnson (154 yards) versus Florida on Sept. 13, 2014.

On the first possession of the second half, he caught a crossing pattern at midfield and outran the defense for a 70-yard TD, UK’s longest offensive play of the season. This is the second game this season he has made a game-changing play on the first possession of the third quarter – in the season opener vs. Miami (Ohio), leading 13-10, he opened the second half with a 100-yard kickoff return to give UK a 20-10 cushion.

For that earlier performance, he was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

In his rookie season, he has 13 catches for 201 yards, averaging 15.5 per catch.