Salt Lake Signs Player With Local Ties

Salt Lake Signs Player With Local Ties

Another player with Utah ties has signed with the Screaming Eagles.

Joining the likes of Devin Mahina (BYU), Alex Wheat Jr. (Utah State) and others, the Screaming Eagles have agreed to a 2017 contract with former Southern Utah receiver Justin Brown.

Brown, who grew up in, among other places, Ogden, Utah, and played high school football at Layton Christian Academy, played one season at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. With Mesa in 2009, he appeared in six games, catching 21 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns.

He then transferred to Southern Utah, where he was a reserve receiver and played special teams as a sophomore in 2010. After taking time off to serve an LDS mission in San Diego, Brown returned to Cedar City and thrived with the Thunderbirds, hauling in 97 passes for 1,341 yards and seven touchdowns.

"At that point in my life, I felt really lost," Brown told the Deseret News in November 2015. "Serving a mission helped me to grow up and realize that school was important, that I had a great opportunity to play for a great university and coach. When I came back, I felt more mature and composed. The mission settled me down a lot."

He was named all All-Big Sky Honorable Mention as a senior in 2015 while leading SUU to the eight wins and the FCS quarterfinals.