Honors & Awards
University of Nebraska Graduate (December, 1997)
Member of Three Nebraska National Championship Teams (1994, 1995, 1997)
Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (1996, 1997, 1998)
GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII (1997)
Two-Time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Nominee (1997, 1998)
Lance Brown finished his Husker career with 22 receptions for 395 yards, an average of 18.0 yards per reception and notched two touchdowns. He also had 44 punt return yards, a 21-yard kickoff return, 25-rushing yards on three attempts including a nine-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma in 1997, one pass breakup and one assisted tackle.
Playing his senior year with degree in hand, Brown played in six games. He finished with three receptions for 24 yards, his longest coming against Louisiana Tech when he hauled in an 11-yard pass. In the 1998 Holiday Bowl against Arizona, Brown had a five yard punt return.
Playing in 13 games and starting 12, Brown was NU's third leading receiver with 12 catches for 226 yards and no touchdowns. He contributed on special teams returning punts and kickoffs, broke up a pass on a fake punt in the Big 12 Championship game and had one tackle on NU's punt coverage team. Brown averaged 18.8 yards per catch and had a long of 35 yards twice, against Baylor and Washington. His best day was two catches for 59 yards against Baylor. He had two catches four times, against Washington, Baylor, Texas Tech and Kansas. He also had two rushes for 12 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown against Oklahoma. Brown was also the best perimeter blocker among the wideouts with 38 "knockdowns," two "stones" (a devastating block) and 11 "blazers" (blocks that produce touchdowns). In the Big 12 Championship game, Brown recorded his first pass breakup, when at the end of the third quarter, A&M faked a punt, Brown was the "safe" back on coverage, and cutting across the field, he broke up the long bomb near the end zone. Brown also had a 27-yard reception and a 21-yard kickoff return on an onside kick in the game. In the Orange Bowl, Brown recovered a Tennessee fumbled punt at the UT 15-yard line, which set up fellow wingback Shevin Wiggins' 10-yard run, giving the Huskers a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Brown played in every game except the season opener in 1996, alternating with starter Jon Vedral at wingback. Brown caught five passes in 11 games for 101 yards and scored one touchdown--a career-best 41-yard grab from Scott Frost at Oklahoma. He had one catch in five different games, gaining 22 yards against Arizona State and Baylor, six against Missouri and 10 against Colorado. He also returned three punts for 17 yards with one each in three separate games, including a long of eight yards against Missouri. He had one catch for 23 yards in the 1996 Orange Bowl.
Brown played in all 11 games for the Huskers in 1995 as NU's No. 3 split end. He also saw time at wingback. Brown caught two passes for 44 yards and one touchdown. He had a season-long 39-yard reception for a score against Arizona State and a five-yard reception against Iowa State. Brown played in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl but did not have any receptions.
A scholarship athlete, Brown redshirted his first year.
Papillion-LaVista High School
A first-team All-Nebraska and Super-State selection by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star at wide receiver, Brown caught 44 passes for 922 yards, 20.95 yards per catch and seven touchdowns as a senior. He caught 70 passes for 1,490 yards his last two years. He returned 15 punts for 344 yards and one score, a 22.66 ypr average in 1993 and tallied 287 yards on nine kickoff returns (33.88 average). Also a kicker, he hit 35 extra points, one field goal and averaged 34 yards per punt. As the starting cornerback in 1992, he had 42 tackles (28 solo) and five interceptions for 126 yards in returns. Papillion-LaVista played in the Class A (largest) state playoffs Brown's last three years, posted a 30-3 record, made the semifinals in 1991 and won the championship in 1990. He injured his knee in the Nebraska Shrine Game and did not enroll until January of 1994. He was also a two-year baseball letterman.
The son of Valerie and Jack Brandt, Lance was born March 24, 1975. Jack, his stepfather, was a major league baseball player from 1956 to 1967 and managed from 1968 to 1978 for the Cardinals, Giants, Orioles, Phillies and Astros. In 1996 and 1997, Lance assisted with the Omaha Youth Rap Sessions. Lance majored in business management and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in December of 1997.
Brown's Career Statistics
Punt Returns: 3-17 in 1996, 3-27 in 1997
Kickoff Returns: 1-21 in 1997
Rushing: 2-12 in 1997 (9-yard TD vs. OU); 1-13 in 1998
Pass Breakups: 1 in 1997
Tackles: 0 UT, 1 AT, 1 TT in 1997
1996 Fiesta Bowl vs. Florida: Receiving, None
1996 Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech: Receiving 1-23
1998 Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee: Receiving, None; One Fumble Recovery
1998 Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona: Receiving, None, Punt Returns 1-5