TCU’s quarterback room thinned out on Tuesday night, after Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports reported that Stephon Brown has entered the transfer portal.
As stated in Clark’s tweet, Brown spent one season with the Horned Frogs, transferring into the program from Independence Community College.
Originally from North Carolina, Brown began his college career at Appalachian State, before transferring to Indy C.C. prior to the 2019 season. After one season with the Last Chance U school, Brown made his way to Fort Worth, picking the Frogs over offers from Temple, Southern Miss, Idaho, and Akron.
Gabe Brooks of 247 Sports gave him this evaluation back in 2019:
Owns outstanding size with a tall, long frame. True dual-threat QB with difference-making running ability. Strong-armed in vertical passing game. Shows impressive touch and timing ability on throws down the seam and outside the numbers. Throws the proverbial “catchable ball” in those scenarios. Good north-south and one-cut runner with enough fluidity to make a defender miss in the second level. Not a home run-hitting burner in the open field, but shows adequate top-end speed relative to size. Light on his feet in the pocket. Evades rushers and displays encouraging ability to throw on the run when extending plays. Release must get tighter and quicker. Long, wind-up delivery with the ball dropping too low prior to release. Can improve short-to-intermediate velocity. Power 5-caliber QB who’s raw technically but possesses terrific physical tools for long-term developmental.
With that type of evaluation, Frog fans were very excited to see what Brown would bring to the program, and at the start of the 2020 season, Gary Patterson went on record saying the Frogs had developed a package of plays for Brown.
Standing at 6’5” 220, Brown offered a different physical presence from Max Duggan and Michael Downing. That package of plays stayed in the back of the playbook, though, as Brown failed to see the field, even in the face of Max Duggan’s heart health and struggles from Downing.
Now, with the addition of Chandler Morris from Oklahoma and three quarterbacks (Sam Jackson, Alexander Honig, Trent Battle) in the 2021 recruiting class, Brown was the odd man out.