Battle-Tested Patrick Brown

Few players offer the experience that Patrick Brown does. The senior tackle has started 38-consecutive games on the left side, more than any other player in the nation at his tackle position. For an offense that returns just three seniors with starting experience, the Knights will rely on the battle tested Brown for leadership this upcoming season.

Brown is the unquestioned leader of the offensive line and to a certain degree, the offense. Having earned significant playing time throughout his entire collegiate career, there isn't much Brown hasn't gone through. Now he faces a new challenge, being the voice of wisdom. Brown however knows the challenges ahead of him and he's ready to embrace his role of senior leader.

"Coach lets seniors lead the team, he makes that clear. We've already had a meeting with the younger guys and talked about everything, that's our responsibility. It's my job on the offense, especially the line to make sure everybody is ready," said Brown during the spring.

So far this fall, Brown has made it a point to make himself available to the younger players.

"Any time they young guys to come in and watch film of me, I have no problem with that. On the sidelines if they have a question we'll go watch the other group and I'll answer their questions for them."

With a new backfield intact, Brown and the rest of the offensive line's performance will determine UCF's success on offense. With some inexperience lining up behind him, Brown knows that he must have a big season, but he is confident in the younger players at the skill positions.

"It's been going well, I've been real impressed by the young guys. Ronnie Weaver was here last year and has been doing really well. The new guys coming in have a lot of speed and I've been impressed with that. With the quarterbacks, whoever it's going to be I'm going to trust them, both have really good presence in the huddle, which is the biggest thing I think."

On top of helping out younger linemen as well as bearing an extra part of the load due a fairly untested backfield, Brown will also be called upon to be a strong point in a new line rotation. The team has been experimenting with new players at guard after Cliff McCray's departure, and it appears that John Hafferty, a transfer from West Virginia, is the most likely candidate to replace him. Brown has been doing his best to help ease the transition of the talented Hafferty, and things seem to be going smoothly.

"On the line we're going to find the five best guys to get out there. Right now we have a pretty good five, it's all about chemistry. As a whole, the entire offensive line has good chemistry, we're all good friends and we all trust each other, and that's important for the o-line."

Coach George O'Leary also has been impressed with how the offensive line has been performing so far, although he has yet to determine a set starting unit.

"I think we're still starting to part the whole, we're seeing what guy does this, moving guys around a little bit there," said O'Leary. "We will solidify that group. There are about eight or nine guys that have experience to help us, which is normally what the offensive line is."

As Brown heads into his final season, he is taking everything in. On Friday, the Knights dressed out in full pads for the first time, something that Brown relished, as it will be the last time he hits for the first time as a Knight.

"Feels good, the last two days we had on our shoulder pads, it's nothing really different, the only thing that was different was that at the end coach let us do a little scrimmage and move the ball. It felt really good to get back into it."




Brendan Sonnone is a senior writer for InsideKnights.com, covering the UCF Knights for Scout.com. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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