AJ Brown’s services were not needed for much of the 4th quarter in a 50-22 beatdown given out by Ole Miss on Saturday. Before that, Brown piled in 14 catches (tying a school record) for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He made his final catch with 11:22 to go in the first half before Eric Swinney finished off a 75 yard scoring drive.
This is the fifth time Brown has reached 100 receiving yards in a game this season. He now moves into second place in school history for receiving yards in a single season, tying Donte Moncrief and Shay Hodge, and just one game back of Laquon Treadwell with six.
Not surprisingly, Hodge in 2009, Moncrief in 2012-13, Treadwell in 2015, and now Brown in 2017 hold five of the top six yards in a season record. That Brown has done this in just nine total games is a testament to how dominant he and this offense have been. Hodge, Moncrief, and Treadwell all played in an extra 13th game. Moncrief’s fifth 100 yard game came in a blowout victory for Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl, three full games beyond Brown’s equal effort. That seems pretty good.
Luckily for Ole Miss, Brown is just in his second season in Oxford. Hodge had his biggest catch at the Swamp as a junior, but didn’t break out with five 100-yard games until his senior year. Moncrief had his famous FEED MONCRIEF three touchdown game as a sophomore, before having five 100-yard games as a junior. Treadwell was a known commodity all three of his years in Oxford, before setting single season records for yards and touchdowns in his junior year.
Assuming Brown follows the path of greats before him, fans should expect somewhere in the neighborhood of five 200-yard and between 10 and 12 100-yard receiving games in Brown’s junior year, should he stick around. And maybe a Heisman campaign. After all, these guys don’t really do anything until they are juniors anyway.