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FRANK SCHWAB Updated: October 14, 2010 at 12:00 am

Air Force cornerback Reggie Rembert says San Diego State’s Vincent Brown is the best receiver he has matched up against. The seniors get one more chance to battle each other today.

Rembert and Brown might be the best players at their positions in the Mountain West. Rembert might not shadow Brown, but will be challenged when the two are matched up. Here, in their words, is how Rembert, Brown and Air Force secondary coach Charlton Warren view the marquee one-on-one matchup:

Rembert: “He has great hands, speed, he runs great routes, he’ll go up and get some balls. He’s just a playmaker. He’s just a great receiver. You’ve got to have confidence, that’s the main thing.”

Brown: “He’s very, very talented at his position. He brings a lot of intelligence. He’s well coached. He understands his position. The challenge that comes up from him is he knows how to read an offense. When we’re running routes, he knows how to man up on you.”

Rembert: “When I’m pressing, get something on him. Can’t let him run free. And I have to get my eyes in the right places, so if they try a double move I’m not beat over the top. Got to read three-step drop by the quarterback so I can break. Just a lot of little things I have to do right."

Brown: “He likes to stick his nose in there. He’s a tough guy. I know people say he’s a smaller corner but he doesn’t play like it. He has a big heart. And in the running game, I have to make sure he’s blocked.”

Rembert: “Guys like him are the fast, showy receiver, real quick and most receivers period don’t like being physical. They don’t like physical corners. They love to run free. If you can disrupt routes and get him off his routes, it’s going to be to your advantage.”

Brown: “He’ll try to bang you. He’ll try to take you out. I say he’s one of the toughest corners I’ve faced.”

Warren (on Brown): “I think he’s in and out of his breaks with zero false steps. A lot of receivers may dip their shoulders, may chuck their feet three or four times to get out of breaks – not him. He can plant on a dime. He can accelerate and his double moves are great.”

Rembert: “Whenever he’s going deep you have to disrupt his routes so he’s not on the line he wants to be on. And before you look (at the quarterback) you have to make sure you’re body to body with him so he doesn’t get a step on you.”

Brown: “He does a good job anticipating. I have to make sure I’m sound in my routes. I can’t tip him off, I can’t give anything away.”

Rembert: “All his routes are really, really good. There’s none I need to be really worried about, because he’s good at all of them.”

Brown: “My size advantage, I don’t see it as that. He won’t look at it either. It doesn’t matter if a guy is 5-4 or 6-4, he wants to go make plays for his team.”

Rembert: “I’m a short guy, nobody gave me a chance. So to go up against a NFL-caliber receiver is a great challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”

 

 

Tale of the tape

 

 

Reggie Rembert

Cornerback
Air Force

Senior

5-8

185 pounds

2009 first-team all-MWC

Vs. San Diego State in 2009: 7 tackles, 2 interceptions, forced fumble, fumble return for a touchdown (MWC defensive player of the week)

 

 

Vincent Brown

Wide receiver
San Diego State

Senior

6-0

195 pounds

2009 second-team all-MWC

Vs. Air Force in 2009: 10 catches, 123 yards, two touchdowns

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