Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown made the biggest announcement of his life on Saturday night.
He’ll be leaving Columbus early to go to the NFL:
— Noah Brown (@Nb_Eight0) January 8, 2017
That’s not uncommon for Ohio State, which lost Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall to early departures last year. Like Marshall’s decision, Brown’s was met with no shortage of criticism.
The 2016 season was essentially Brown’s first full year as a member of the regular rotation after breaking his leg before the start of 2015. He had his highs.
His four-touchdown game against Oklahoma delivered the catch of the year in college football:
The finalists are:
No. 1 seed: @OhioStateFB's Noah Brown
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) January 3, 2017
There was also Brown’s game-winning catch against Wisconsin in overtime. But still, he finished his sophomore year with 32 catches for 402 yards.
His decision to leave Columbus two years early surprised and apparently angered many.
Here were some of the responses Brown received upon making his announcement:
No kidding. Who in the blue hell is telling Noah Brown he's a legitimate draft pick at this point? Odd decision. https://t.co/zQHBuNBwq3
— Markus Sultan (@MarkusSultan) January 8, 2017
To be fair, there were many congratulatory messages sent Brown’s way, but it seemed to serve as a lightning rod of disagreement among Buckeye fans. Go through his mentions and take a look if you want to see more comments like that.
Now Ohio State will wait on the decision of Curtis Samuel. Needless to say, here’s hoping he dodges some of the criticism Brown got if he does choose to leave.