Brown headed to combine
Published 9:55 pm Friday, January 29, 2010
In next month’s NFL Scouting Combine, some of the nation’s top collegiate players will be looking to secure their draft status in April’s NFL Draft.
Four of those players will be coming from right here in Troy.
Boris Lee, Cameron Sheffield, Brandon Lang and Levi Brown all received the call to travel up to Indianapolis.
But it was Sun Belt Player of the Year, Brown, who had the wait the longest for his phone call.
Despite breaking close to every quarterback record at Troy and in the conference, Brown didn’t receive his invitation until this past Tuesday, a little more than a month away before the combine kicks off for quarterbacks on Feb. 28.
The invite was one of two things, Brown was hoping for this off season, the other being a trip to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, which he did not receive.
“Going to the combine is something that I am pretty excited about,” Brown said.
“The Senior Bowl didn’t happen for me, but I have the Texas vs. the Nation to look forward though.
“Obviously, it would have been good to go to the Senior Bowl and compete with the best players. It would have given me more exposure.
“There are plus and minuses to both sides,” Brown added.
As for the combine itself, Brown said he is focused on showing just what he can do.
“I’m not going to get to nervous about it – I’m just going to try and enjoy the moment,” he said.
“This is something I have been dreaming about ever since I was a little kid.” This past season, in just his second year starting for the Trojans, Brown exploded for a conference all-time best, 4,254 passing yards, had an efficiency rating of 146.1, completed 63.7 percent of his passes and added 23 touchdowns.
On the biggest stage, so far in the quarterback’s young career, at the GMAC Bowl this past January, Brown threw for 386 yards and a touchdown, in a losing effort to Central Michigan.
“Playing in the GMAC Bowl was a big advantage for me,” Brown said.
“It gave more people a chance to watch me, as opposed to playing in the New Orleans Bowl.
GMAC drew a 2.4 ranking, which is around 3.52 million viewers, compared to the New Orleans, which had a .07 rating, coming out to well under a million viewers.
“The day after the game, I had about 10 agents call to talk to me about representation,” Brown added.
The former quarterback would sign with Joe Linta of JL Sports.
Linta’s top client is Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, who also made the transition from a small school at 1-AA Delaware University to the NFL.
While the quarterback said there was nothing to difficult about the drills he has been doing to get ready for the combine – there is one thing that he has had to get reacquainted with.
“Going under center is something that I have not done a lot since I played at Richmond. It’s the most uncomfortable thing that I have had to do recently, but at the same time it’s not that bad because I used to do it,” Brown said.
One aspect of going to the combine that Brown hoped to achieve besides impressing the scouts was showing what kind of athletes Troy University can produce.
“I definitely want to show that Troy has NFL type players,” he said.
“This year, I think we are represented pretty well [at the combine]. It is going to be real important for us to take advantage of this great opportunity and perform just as well as the players from the big schools and show that Troy can play.”
While Brown said he hasn’t had a lot of time to miss the season due to his busy schedule, he said has had his share of unique experiences.
“I was able to watch film with former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN football commentator, Ron Jaworski,” Brown said.
“We watched about two hours of my film and he really liked it.
“If [Jaworski] was impressed with what he saw from my stuff, I feel pretty good about it,” the quarterback laughed.
As far as where Brown thinks he will end up when the draft comes along, he said he was unsure.
“I think it’s too soon to tell. “I think I have preformed pretty well during the past couple of seasons but I’m not sure if the rest of the country sees it the way I do. I have been really just trying to enjoy everything and look at the positive aspect of it all.
“I have been working hard on the things that I can control and not worrying about everything else,” Brown said.