Simply the best

Published 9:44 pm Thursday, December 10, 2009

What started out as take advantage of an opportunity, has now blossomed into history in the making.

At the beginning of the 2008 season, Troy quarterback Levi Brown was unsure when or if he would ever see the field.

Now, that thought couldn’t be farther from his mind as Brown was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year earlier this week.

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“It feels good, obviously,” Brown said over the phone Thursday night.

“There were times where I didn’t think I would get any where near where I am now though.”

Brown started last season out as the Trojans No. 3 quarterback, however it wasn’t until then starting quarterback Jamie Hampton got injured against Florida Atlantic that Brown saw the field.

“Jamie and I are both good friends, and I never wanted to see him get hurt, but it happened, I got my shot and took advantage of it,” Brown said.

Brown has done more than just take advantage of that opportunity.

In the two season’s combined, the 6-foot-4, 217 pound quarterback has thrown for 5,898 yards, 37 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.

This season alone, the senior has not only put the Trojans in the spotlight but also himself.

He is currently second in the nation in passing yards per game with 322.33, total offense per game with 323.92 and total passing yards with 3,868, and not to mention eighth in completions with 24.17 and 13th in efficiency rating with 149.44.

The quarterback was also named Sun Belt Player of the Week a record six times this season.

One might think that all the records broken and accolades received would get to a player’s head eventually.

But Brown is not like those players.

“I look at everything I have won this season as team awards,” he said.

“Everyone on the offense made stuff like this possible – and my job easier.

“When have you have guys like Jerrel Jernigan, who at anytime could score a touchdown the game is pretty easy. I felt like we had all the pieces to the puzzle [this season]. I get a lot of the recognition though, because I am the quarterback, but everything I have accomplished this season has been because of my teammates,” he added.

As far as the statistics themselves, the quarterback said he never expected anything quite like he has done.

“I really didn’t have any individual goals going into the season,” he said. “I never thought I would have any of the statistics I have right now.”

So what’s the secret to the Trojan’s successful season?

Not think about it.

“I just try and go with the flow every game,” Brown said.

“I don’t try to think too much about any particular stat or where I stand in the rankings. I just approach every game the same way – try to play as well as I can,” he added.

When asked what the one thing that stood out to Brown the most from this past season it wasn’t the number he put up, but the numbers his team put up.

“I think the biggest would be being on the first Troy team to win nine games in Division-1 as well as being on the first team to go undefeated in Sun Belt play.”

“[The awards] are nice to have…people tell me they will mean a lot to me in 20 years, which is probably true, but right now all I am focused on is winning.

“It’s really cool to me to be a part of a team that sets the bar higher [for future Troy teams]. Things like that are neat to me,” he added.