December 11, 2008

Brown excited to return home

MADISON, Wis. - After having a stellar freshman campaign after P.J. Hill suffered a lingering leg injury, Wisconsin sophomore running back saw his role shift during his second year on campus. Still, even after losing a large number of carries, the dynamic third-down back is pleased with his limited role.

The following is a question and answer from Florida native as he prepares for to head back to his home state for UW's bowl game:

Well the big news as a Florida native, you get to go back home and play in your home state. How nice is that?

Brown: It's very exciting. Anytime you can go home, have your family have a chance to watch you play is exciting.

You're playing Florida State, were you ever a fan of them at all?

Brown: Not really, growing up I was really into basketball.

Just what does it mean to play against a storied franchise like that though?

Brown: It means a lot because like you said, they're a storied program. Being from Florida, I heard a lot about them. So just to have a chance to go against them is great.

Do you have any former teammates playing with them at all?

Brown: Oh no, no, not right now.

Do you know any of the guys they have?

Brown: Just a few of them played in my county like Princeton Parker and Winston Smith and Marcus White, just a few to name.

Kind of switching gears, this season in general, how did you feel about your role on the team this season?

Brown: Oh I look at my role as important. It might not generate a lot of play or a lot of touches with the ball, but it is important. When I'm called upon, I've just got to compete and just do what I have to do.

Do you like, or relish that third down back role?

Brown: Yes, I have to because the coaches feel like I have to play and I'm the best at it. So anytime I feel like I have a responsibility, I have to take what's mine and do it.

Overall, with everything that's gone on this season, you know, with four straight losses, etc, do you guys feel like you have something to prove in this bowl game?

Brown: Yes, it's always something to play for and this is just another challenge that we're faced with and we're going to take advantage of it.

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