October 30, 2008

Brown overcoming size disadvantage

Many fans were skeptical when Sylvester Croom made the decision to start linebacker Karlin Brown earlier this season.

Listed generously at 5-foot-9, 195-pounds, the sophomore is hands down the smallest linebacker in the Southeastern Conference.

But what Brown lacks in size, he makes up for in determination. He has learned to use it to his advantage.

"The pros of my height are my speed and my quickness" Brown said. "Everybody knows offensive linemen are big guys at 6-5 and up, 300-plus pounds and me being as short as I am they don't want to bend down to block me. It also comes to an advantage in coverage. But the negatives of it are I have to take on the big linemen. Sometimes I just have to take them on right down the middle. That's about the only negative I have."

Brown is also improving as the season progresses after being thrust into action after Jamar Chaney's season ending injury. He has played his best games in the past two weeks making 10 tackles and deflecting one pass.

"My season has been going good," Brown said. "I had a season high against Tennessee in tackles and I graded out the best against Middle Tennessee so everything is going good. I hope I can continue to keep going up and keep improving each week."

Brown also sealed the Vanderbilt win with an 11-yard fourth quarter interception.



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