Feature articles on how Aaron Brown is doing well

Praising the progress Aaron Brown has been making, Rich Miano said:
“He’s coming along nicely. Everyday we’ve seen improvement from him and we expect him to be a big part of what we’re doing defensively, so we’re happy with his progress.” (HA)

HA Note: “Brown was twice named first team All-Mission Conference while in junior college and was an honorable mention All-American last season. He collected 59 tackles with 15 for losses, including six sacks. Brown also intercepted a team-high four passes and forced a pair of fumbles.”

About how they recruited Brown to contribute right away, Miano said:
“Everytime I look at his YouTube highlights, I get more and more excited. When we recruited him, we realized that we lost nine or 10 defensive backs last year, so the JC guys like himself, Tank Hopkins, Lametrius Davis, we expect those guys to contribute right away.” (HA)

HA Note: “Brown, who is 6 feet 1 1/2 and 205 pounds, turned down offers from Oregon and Arizona State before committing to the Warriors.”

About how he’s getting comfortable in UH’s defense, Brown said:
“I’m getting really comfortable, learning the plays, so now I can just react and play football instead of trying to figure out the play. I have a good football sense, I’ve been around the game for a while and it just comes with reps. As long as I’m getting reps, I’m going to learn it.” (HA)

About how Brown has been learning their defensive system, Spencer Smith said:
“He’s coming along real well, he’s picking up the defense. He’s a smart kid and he’s been studying his plays, being proactive in seeking help and in the secondary, we’re like a tight-knit family, so we all help each other out.” (HA)

About how Brown’s athleticism will be effective in their D, Smith said:
“He’s a real good nickelback because he’s physical and he has speed, too. He’s going to help us out a lot on defense this year.” (HA)

Crediting Miano for helping him learn the defense quickly, Brown said:
“He went though the plays with me, so I had a little bit of a jump start before fall camp actually started.” (HA)

HSB Note: “With the Warriors preparing to face several teams running spread offenses, UH head coach Greg McMackin said Brown could play a linebacker-type position in packages with five defensive backs. The position calls for Brown to enforce against the run or cover slot receivers.”

About using Brown has a LB-type nickle defender, Rich Miano said:
“He has that package, so he fits perfectly in there. He gives us that versatility of being a DB but being very aggressive and being able to play the eight-man-front stuff and also be able to cover.” (HSB)

About how he had similar responsibilities at Saddleback, Brown said:
“I feel comfortable with it. It puts me down in the box where a lot’s going on. I’m happy with that. I can make a lot more plays than being in the back.” (HSB)

About how their competition for starting spots in the secondary is close, Miano said:
“We are going to have to evaluate to the 23rd hour going into the game week. Nobody’s that far ahead of everybody else. We’ve never had competition like this. There’s going to be some tough decisions.” (HSB)

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