Trinity’s Cole Brown No.1 receiver in state

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 1, 2000

It has been said the perfect receiver has the speed of a sprinter, the hands of a concert pianist and the nerves of a brain surgeon.

If so, then Trinity’s Cole Brown has the skills of one speedy, musical doctor.

The Saints’ senior wide out led the state’s MPSA 1A schools in three statistical categories to rank as the No. 1 receiver in the state.

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&uot;It shocked me,&uot; Brown said. &uot;I knew I had a good season, but I didn’t know it was good enough to be No. 1.&uot;

Brown’s 35 catches, 570 yards and 16.5 yards per catch average were all state-highs. Brown had six touchdown catches, and he rushed for another four.

&uot;Cole has got to go down as one of the best receivers to ever come out of this school,&uot; said Trinity coach David King. &uot;He has some of the best hands that I’ve seen at this level.&uot;

Brown has made the All-District team three years running, and has a shot to make the state All-Star team this year, King said.

&uot;He was more of a finesse-type receiver,&uot; King said. &uot;He’d make the hard catches and he ran good routes. He was certainly a gifted athlete.&uot;

&uot;I credit my coaches,&uot; Brown said, &uot;and their hard work with me every day out there in practice.

&uot;I credit my teammates. They did a good job and pushed me to do better.

&uot;But mostly it was my dad (Barr Brown), who strived to make me want to do my best,&uot; Brown said.

Trinity played better than most people expected, overcoming small size and a tough schedule to finish 4-6, but narrowly missing a playoff bid was devastating, especially to seniors.

&uot;This made me feel like I accomplished something in my senior year,&uot; Brown said.

But Brown is equally skilled in baseball, King added. &uot;His senior year isn’t over yet.&uot;

Brown is sitting out this basketball season to lift weights and concentrate on baseball. That may have something to do with his first choice of college – perennial baseball power LSU.

Although he has been contacted by Millsaps and Mississippi College and has received a letter from Brown University, Brown said he grew up loving LSU and will probably end up there.

&uot;If walking on at LSU is a possibility, I’d like to try it out,&uot; he said. &uot;It’d be a dream. Just the possibility is exciting.&uot;

But Brown isn’t putting all his baseballs in LSU’s basket. His main reason for attending the school will be to study computer graphics and design, he said.

That doesn’t surprise King.

&uot;He’s a super kid. I hate to brag, but he’s a typical Trinity kid,&uot; King said. &uot;He’ll have a bright future long after football.&uot;