Former Alabama Signee Back In Auburn's Picture

This junior college standout is scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend.

Summitt, Miss.--A blast from the recruiting past is scheduled to take a visit to Auburn this weekend and his coach says the Tigers are decisive favorites to land the outside linebacker. Standout Chris Browder from Southwest Mississippi Community College and Camden, Ala. originally signed with Alabama out of Wilcox-Central High, but was forced to attend junior college because of academic concerns.

Two years later the now 6-4, 240-pounder is fresh off an outstanding sophomore season and defensive coordinator says that Browder is a special talent that will be a good player on the next level. In just nine games this season Browder finished with 99 tackles, three caused fumbles, four sacks, eight tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hurries. A versatile player, his coach says Browder has the ability to play either linebacker or defensive end in college.

"This kid loves football and he'll do whatever he can to get it and bring it back to the coach," SMCC defensive coordinator Doug Lucas says. "That's how I would describe him. He's going to bust his butt to find that football. I've never seen anybody like him."

Chris Browder

In just one season of football on the junior college level Browder established himself as a player to be reckoned with in Mississippi. Lucas says that he is comparable to another former Tiger he coached by the name of Alton Moore.

"He played outside linebacker for us and was kind of a drop end," Lucas notes. "He would drop off and cover the flat, but most of the time he was rushing. We play a 3-4 with a 40 front and he would walk up or drop off the line depending on the scheme."

With the size and speed to be an immediate contributor in college, Browder should be a player receiving interest from all over the country, but because only played one season he has been lost in the shuffle. It just so happens the cards came out in Auburn's favor.

"He's only been here one season," Lucas says. "He sat out a semester and came here around Christmas. He practiced in the spring with us last year. Now he's played this fall and he's going to finish up this spring.

"Right now no one knows he can graduate but Auburn," he adds. "He has only been here in a year and a half and Auburn knew he was here. They came asking about him, wondering about him for next year, and starting looking at his transcripts. They found out that he may be available. He still has to do some work to get out of here, but if he passes everything he's got he should be fine."

One of the top linebacker prospects in the South coming out two years ago, Browder was one of the more highly-recruited players in Alabama as a senior. Leading his team to an undefeated regular season Browder had 136 tackles and 29 sacks as a senior. He finished his career with 45 sacks.


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