The Cherokee junior knows teams will be preparing to stop him as a running back on offense, and get past him as a safety on defense.
He considers it a challenge.
“I don’t feel any pressure,” said Brown, a member of the 2014 Cherokee Tribune Super Six. “I just like how people know who I am already. I like people knowing who I am on the field before they meet me and see what I can do.”
When teams prepare for him, Brown said is able to showcase his skills.
“Even if they know that I’m coming, that I’m going to get the ball, I can still show what I can do,” Brown said. “It’s just the way that I think.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Brown hasn’t had to choose between playing offense or defense yet. Since he began playing organized football as a kindergartner, he’s had the chance to play both ways.
“I’ve been playing both ways all my life for every team that I ever played,” Brown said.
As a sophomore last year, Brown was one of three running backs at Cherokee, sharing time with Blake Johnston and Dewayne Tiller. On defense, he was a midseason replacement for an injured Griffin Moon.
This season, the plan is for Brown to play both ways as much as he is needed. When he gets tired, he will get a replacement on one side of the play and will remain active on the other.
Brown is also set to return kickoffs for Cherokee, alongside Andrew Harris.
“This will be my first year playing full-time both ways (at Cherokee),” Brown said.
In order to prepare for the extra work on Friday nights, Brown has been doing extra running in his neighborhood after practice. He also went to a trainer during the summer.
In May, Brown received his first scholarship offer from Central Florida. He has since added offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Nebraska and Mississippi, and he’s also worked out for Penn State. Colleges are looking at him as a safety or as an athlete.
Brown said he isn’t in a hurry to pick a college.
“I just love the sport,” he said. “However far it can get me, I’m going to take it.”
Brown stays focused on school in order to keep the recruiting process from being a distraction. After completing his junior season and working out next spring and summer, Brown can expect to have even more programs to choose from.
He just has to stay healthy, and that’s where he says strength and conditioning coach Matt Ely plays an important role.
“He trains us very well in weights and other things,” Brown said. “We also do Pilates and stretching exercises. Flexibility helps with athleticism. If you aren’t flexible, you can’t be athletic.”
As for being named to the Super Six, Brown is happy to be “in the mix,” but he’s equally pleased to be a part of a Cherokee team that has high expectations surrounding it.
“I’m sure we can be the best team in the region,” Brown said. “We are trying to make the playoffs. That’s the goal — get that 11th game.”
Personally, Brown would like to rush for more than 1,000 yards and “get as many interceptions and tackles as possible at safety.”
Brown hails from a football family. His older brother, Blace, graduated from Cherokee in May and is entering his freshman season at Troy. His father, Keith, was a second-team All-American cornerback at Army.
“It definitely runs in the family,” Brittain Brown said. “My brother wore No. 8, and my dad wore No. 8, and now I’m going to wear No. 8. It’s a legacy.”