While watching a 13-10 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers non-conference collegiate football victory over the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers on Fox Sports last Thursday evening, I heard a familiar name resonating throughout the broadcast.
The name was Omar Brown!
Before becoming a Cornhusker, Brown, a defensive back who had five solo tackles while assisting on two more in the game, made his name starring in football and basketball during an outstanding career for the Minneapolis North Polars.
In basketball, with Hall of Fame Coach Larry McKenzie leading him and teammates Zion Sanford, Tre Holloman, Eli Campbell, Odell Wilson IV, Nasir El-Amin, Dashon Townsley, Willie Wilson, Clifford Brown III, and Josh Hodges, he developed into one of the state’s top defensive players in his junior and senior seasons. He led the Polars to conference championships in 2018 and 2019—finishing both years undefeated in league play— and capping the latter with a state tournament appearance.
The results were nearly identical in football as Brown, playing for one of the state’s top coaches in future Hall of Famer Charles Adams, was the top cornerback recruit in Minnesota. He led North to undefeated regular seasons and state playoff appearances in 2018 and 2019 while teaming with Carlon Manning, Kehyan Porter, Quentrail Travis, Chris Jennings, Phaizon Scott, Farlanders Ross, Da’Koi Hines, and Tayler Johnson.
Upon graduation in 2019, he signed with the University of Northern Iowa and made an immediate impact with the Panthers, earning Associated Press All-American honors and Defensive Freshman of the Year.
After finishing with 140 tackles and eight interceptions in three seasons, Brown transferred to Nebraska and totaled four tackles while playing every game in 2022.
With a new coach, it seems Brown is off to a great start after an incredible performance against his hometown team. Based on his performance, there should be more to come.