Player Profile #84 – CB Brandon Hogan

For a time, Brandon Hogan gained a nickname while at the University of West Virginia – Pacman Lite.

Like former Mountaineers DB Adam “Pacman” Jones, Hogan’s on-field play was very good and his off-field persona was trouble. He missed a bowl game for unspecified “personal reasons” … was arrested for urinating in public … sat out spring practice because of academic issues and the fact he was out of shape … was arrested on DUI charges and suspended for a game.

Hogan’s time at WVU ended with a knee injury (ACL) in last season’s regular-season finale, causing him to miss the Mountaineers bowl game. Now, he attempts to convince NFL teams there were reasons for his off-field problems and that he’s worth the effort and risk in the draft.

Here’s his story.

FAMILY MATTERS

Brandon Hogan

Born – April 1, 1988 in Manassas, Virginia.

Family – His father died before Brandon was born. His mother struggled with her own problems and Brandon was passed from relative to relative as a child. He was eventually taken in by the Davis family in Manassas, who became his legal guardians. When he moved in with his surrogate family, it was the first time in his life that he didn’t share a room. He refused to put his clothing in a dresser, preferring to keep everything stacked in organized piles. He explained that it was the easiest way to pack up and move quickly.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 5-feet, 10 ¼ inches.
  • Weight – 192 pounds.
  • Arm – 30 3/8 inches.
  • Hand – 9 5/8 inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.32 to 4.52 seconds (knee injury has kept him from testing in 2011)
  • Bench press – 19 repetitions at 225 pounds.

HIGH SCHOOL

Hogan graduated with the class of 2007 from Osbourn High School, the only high school in the Manassas Public Schools.

As a senior, Hogan led the Eagles to the school’s first state championship. They beat Chantilly High 42-20 to take the AAA Division 6 title, the largest classification in the state of Virginia. It capped a 14-0 season for coach Steve Schultze.

Hogan was named the first-team all-state QB by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. He was also name first-team all-district, all-region and all-metro.

He also lettered in track.

FOOTBALL

2006 – In that state championship season, he threw for 2,536 yards and 32 TD passes and ran for 1,734 yards and 26 TDs. He also scored another TD on a punt return, finishing with 59 total TDs. Team was 14-0.

2005 – As a junior, Hogan threw for 2,045 yards and 18 TDs, and ran for 1,138 yards with 18 TDs. The Eagles finished 10-2.

RECRUITING

Hogan was heavily recruited by West Virginia and then defensive coordinator-now head coach Bill Stewart. He was also recruited by Kentucky, Marshall, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He committed to the Mountaineers in February 2007.

COLLEGE

Hogan was enrolled in the school of general studies, majoring in athletic coaching education.

He was a three-year starter at CB, after arriving on campus and playing his freshman season as a wide receiver. In his second season on defense (’09), Hogan was named first-team All-Big East Conference. He was second-team All-Big East last year.

In 46 career games, he finished with 171 total tackles, 7 interceptions, 24 passes broken up and 4 fumbles recovered, along with 12 catches for 67 yards.

2010 – Hogan started 11 games, missing one for a suspension and the Champs Sports Bowl because of a knee injury. He had 37 total tackles, with 3 interceptions and a forced fumble. He set up West Virginia’s first touchdown against rival Pitt with an interception on the game’s fifth play, with a 53-yard return to the two yard line. That game may have been the best of his career with 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovered and 1 pass broken up. Hogan suffered a torn left ACL in the Rutgers game on December 4th, missing the second half.

2009 – Really broke through as he started all 13 games and participated in 810 plays. Hogan was the third leading tackler on the team with 74 total stops.

2008 – He played in 12 games, with nine starts and played 650 plays as a cornerback. Finished as the sixth leading tackler on the team with 60, plus three interceptions. He missed the Meineke Car Care Bowl because of “personal issues.”

2007 – Hogan played in 10 games, 225 plays as a wide receiver. He caught 12 passes for 67 yards. His big game was six catches for 44 yards and a long catch of 12 yards against East Carolina.

MEDICAL

In the second quarter of a game against Rutgers in December ’10, Hogan’s left knee was caught between two players and he suffered a torn ACL. He underwent surgery in Dallas at the same time West Virginia was playing in the Champs Sports Bowl and has not been able to fully workout as his rehabilitation continues.

JURISPRUDENCE

Hogan was suspended indefinitely by head coach Bill Stewart on September 12, 2010 after he was arrested from drunk driving. He was pulled over at 3:17 a.m. by Morgantown police as he was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee the wrong way on Spruce Street. He failed three sobriety tests and was arraigned on the DUI charge and released on $250 bond. He missed the game against Marshall, but returned the next week against LSU.

Academic issues and violations of team rules kept him out of most of the ’10 spring practice.

He was charged in April ’10, he was cited for urinating in public. He pleaded guilty in June and was fined $135, but spent no time in jail.

In December ’08, he missed the ’08 Meineke Car Care Bowl for unspecified “personal reasons.” It’s never been reported what the reasons were, but WVU first said he was ill. Then a few days before the game, it was announced as a personal reason. Teammates reacted emotionally to his absence, as QB Pat White held up his jersey during introductions at the game, won 31-30 by WVU.

YEAR G S Tkl. TFL Sks Int PBU FF RF
2010 11 11 37 0 0 3 6 1 1
2009 13 13 74 2 0 1 11 0 1
2008 12 9 60 1 1 3 7 0 2
2007 10 0 X X X X X X X
Total 46 33 171 3 1 7 24 1 4

In ’07 he caught 12 passes for 67 yards. Had one run for minus-7 yards; 22 punt returns for 196 yards and 8 kickoff returns for 154 yards.

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Quick on his feet, he reacts quickly and closes fast in coverage. Smooth turns and flexible hips to recover from double moves and the like. Competes for any ball in the air and hits with enough strength and power that he can pop the ball out of the receiver’s hands. Good on run support, and doesn’t back away from sticking his head at the point of attack. Good punt returner and has the vision and skills to make things happen on returns – averaged more than 20 yards on interception returns.

Weaknesses – Frequently loses discipline on the field, sometimes trying to fake a quarterback into making a bad throw, while losing his man in coverage. Without great size and speed, he can be beaten deep and will be outmuscled on some balls. On punt returns, he’s prone to dance, even going backwards in an attempt to hit the big play. For most of his time with the WVU he relied on physical skills and is not advanced when it comes to knowledge of defense.

Analysis – Hogan is more of a zone cover guy than man-to-man; his ability to react quickly and strike with power to knock balls out is the best part of his game. Real questions about character and how he plans to live his life in the future; there is concern about his abuse of alcohol. His two arrests came just last year, not early in his career when they would have seemed more liable to happen.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

From an NFC scout – “He’s off our board due to the character concerns. Actually, it’s amazing this kid has gotten as far as he has. His background was tough to overcome, but there’s real doubts how he’s going to keep things together as a pro. It will take a team with very strong player programs to make it work.”

WHAT HE SAID

“When I left to come to WVU, I got two tattoos on my arms. One says ‘Impetus’. It’s from the Latin to assault, to be a driving force because I was going to make things happen for me, both on and off the field. And the other says ‘Virtus’, Latin meaning valor, excellence, and worth.”

“I’m convinced by surrounding myself with the right people, people who sincerely care about me and not what they may get from me, I’ll do alright. I’ve had those people in my life, but I haven’t listened to them enough. Sadly, there are a lot of people who think I will fail. I use that as motivation to prove them wrong.”

“I accept the responsibility to be more focused and more driven to avoid the problems off the field from now on. I can’t fix what I’ve done wrong in the past. I just have to be committed not to repeat them. I’m learning the hard way that I’m my own biggest enemy. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time I use to feel was bad luck, but I’ve learned I have to create my own luck.”

“At 22, I’ve experienced things throughout my life most people would be terrified of. I’ve survived some bad situations, but some people have really put themselves out for me. I owe them. I’ll start by paying back their trust in me by just growing up, and accepting responsibility for myself. I may stumble, but I’ll overcome any obstacle.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT HIM

West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart – “I love to watch him play each and every day. A lot of guys I like to watch play on Saturdays, but Brandon I love to watch every day because every day is game day. He gives it everything he has each and every practice and, therefore, he has become a tremendous college football player.”

Mountaineers CB Coach Dave Lockwood – “It’s a little more to that and now with the experience he’s a football player. When you ask him stuff in the meeting room he can answer that question, but more importantly, he takes it from the meeting room and he takes it out on the field. He’s come a long way. He sees the whole picture now.”

DOES HE FIT WITH THE CHIEFS?

It’s hard to see how he would be a factor with Pioli/Haley because of his off-field issues and coming off the knee injury. There’s not enough talent there to gamble on the baggage he will carry into the NFL.

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