The 2011 Scouting Report: Poised for a career-best season ... Leader of NU's defensive front ... Ranked as the nation's 81st-best player among Rivals.com ... A consensus preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by The Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Lindy's and Phil Steele's ... Consensus Draft Services (CDS) preseason honorable mention All-American defensive end ... Named to Rivals.com preseason second-team All-America squad ... One of three returning starters on the defensive line ... Has developed into one of NU's defensive leaders ... One of team's best workers in the weight room -- he is tireless and has terrific strength numbers ... A former linebacker who has mastered the end position ... Set a weight-room hang clean record (for athletes under 245 pounds) in 2008 (355 pounds).
2011: Played in 49 career games at defensive end ... Selected to play in 2012 NFLPA All-Star game in Carson, Calif. ... Consensus preseason All-Big Ten selection ... Named to preseason watch lists for the Ted Hendricks, the Bronko Nagurski, the Rotary Lombardi and the Chuck Bednarik awards ... Notched two solo tackles at Boston College, including the win-clinching tackle of BC QB Chase Rettig on the game's final play (BC was on the NU 24-yard line, down a touchdown, with 0:04 remaining) ... Credited with a sack against Illinois ... Totaled three tackles vs. the Illini ... Earned his season's first sack vs. Eastern Illinois ... Also had three other solo hits vs. the Panthers ... Notched six tackles (five solos) at Army ... Three tackles vs. Michigan ... Had three tackles vs. Penn State ... Totaled four tackles vs. Indiana ... Registered two tackles, including a TFL, vs. Nebraska ... One tackle vs. Rice ... Notched five tackles, which included his 19th career sack, against Minnesota ... Tallied two tackles vs. MSU ... One tackle vs. Texas A&M in bowl game ... His 34.5 career TFL's rank sixth on NU's career list and his 19 career sacks rank fourth all-time at NU.
2010: Starting defensive end ... Played in all 13 games with 12 official starts ... Named second-team All-Big Ten by conference media ... Ranks fifth all-time at NU in career sacks (16.0) and ninth in TFL's (31.0) ... 15.5 TFL's in 2010 ranks as the ninth-best single-season total in NU history ... Third in the Big Ten and tied for 39th nationally with 1.19 TFL's per game ... Tied for second in conference and 64th nationally with eight sacks ... Team-best two forced fumbles ... Named to Phil Steele's second-team Midseason and Postseason All-Big Ten squad ... Assisted on one TFL in TicketCity Bowl ... Six tackles with one TFL at Wisconsin ... Against Illinois, finished with nine tackles, one TFL and a QB hurry ... Four tackles with 1.5 TFL's and one sack vs. Iowa ... Career-high 10 tackles at Penn State, including 2.5 TFL's ... Posted two tackles at Indiana ... Finished with five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble against Michigan State ... Collected four tackles with 2.0 TFL's and one sack at Minnesota ... Credited with four stops, including one sack, vs. Central Michigan ... Notched seven tackles, including 3.0 TFL's and one sack, as well as a forced fumble at Rice ... Five tackles, including two sacks, with two QB hurries vs. Illinois State ... One tackle and two QB hurries at Vanderbilt ... Named team's Defensive Player of the Week vs. Illinois State, Minnesota and Penn State and the Defensive Big Playmaker vs. Rice and Michigan State.
2009: Started all 13 games at defensive end ... Eight TFL's this season and team's co-leader with five pass sacks ... Led all defensive linemen with 39 tackles ... Named team's defensive player of the game vs. Towson and vs. Miami ... One tackle vs. Towson ... Recorded two tackles vs. Eastern Michigan ... At Syracuse, racked up five tackles, including 2.0 TFL's and one sack ... Credited with five tackles and a QB hurry vs. Minnesota ... Named defensive big playmaker following his four-tackle performance at Purdue ... Set a season high with eight total tackles vs. Miami, including 2.0 TFL's and one sack ... One stop at Michigan State and two tackles vs. Indiana ... Notched one sack for an 8-yard loss and one quarterback hurry vs. Penn State ... Two tackles at Iowa ... Three stops, including one TFL, at Illinois ... One sack and two total tackles vs. Wisconsin ... Had three tackles, including a 6-yard pass sack, in Outback Bowl vs. Auburn.
2008: Named a Sporting News and Rivals.com second-team Freshman All-American ... ESPN.com first-team All-Big Ten Freshman team ... Suffered a knee injury at Minnesota and sat out the remainder of the regular season but returned to play in 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl ... Recorded four tackles and 0.5 TFL's vs. Missouri ... Was a key reserve as the first to spell Corey Wootton or Kevin Mims at defensive end ... At time of injury, was tied for fifth in Big Ten with two forced fumbles and ranked 11th in sacks per game ... Earned Big Ten Conference and team Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Ohio ... Filled the stat sheet while setting season highs with seven tackles (five solo), 4.0 TFL's, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one blocked field goal and one QB hurry ... Also earned an ESPN College Gameday Helmet Sticker for his career day ... Followed up the Ohio outing with another solid effort at Iowa, which included snaring his first career interception ... Also had a forced fumble on special teams and two tackles ... Against Southern Illinois, rang up three tackles, including his first career TFL (loss of 4 yards) ... At Duke, registered four total tackles ... Two tackles vs. Michigan State ... Recorded four tackles, including 2.0 TFL's and 1.0 sacks against Purdue ... Named team's defensive big playmaker vs. the Boilers.
2007: Did not see action ... Named team's defensive practice player of the week vs. Ohio State.
High School:Rivals.com All-Region, SuperPrep All-Midwest and Velocity/PrepStar All-Region defensive end ... Ranked 20th among all players (third among defensive ends) in Rivals.com Ohio player ranking, 28th among all players in SuperPrep Ohio player ranking and 15th by Ohio High Magazine ... Ranked 31st-best strongside defensive end nationally by Rivals.com, 58th-best defensive end nationally by Rivals.com and 43rd-best defensive end nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Injured his knee in the third game of his senior season and missed the remainder of the year ... As a junior, earned first-team All-Tri-County, All-County, All-Quad County and All-Northeast Ohio Inland District honors ... Vindicator "Elite 11" honoree ... In 2005, totaled 100-plus tackles (as a middle linebacker) and four forced fumbles ... Had 21 tackles his senior season before suffering the injury ... Totaled 11 tackles, as well as three receptions (two for TD's), against Minerva his senior year ... Played tight end for the Blue Devils in 2006 ... Blue Devils went 7-3 his junior year ... Team captain ... Also lettered in track ... Graduated with honors ... Presidential Merit Award ... Received football conference's All-Academic Award ... Recipient of U.S. Marine Corps Award (given for courage) ... Coached by Jim Tsilimos.
Personal: Born Vincent Alan Browne ... Son of Ed and Mary Browne ... Learning and organizational change major.
The Browne File
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life you have learned? A: Sacrifice to the level you wish to achieve Q: Most humbling experience: A: Torn ACL, LCL, and hamstring in a single play Q: The best book I have ever read is: A: Lone Survivor-Marcus Luttrell Q: The person that inspires me most is: A: Pat Tillman Q: When I played football as a kid I pretended to be: A: Jack Lambert