6-foot-4 / 235 pounds
Matthews (NC) / Charlotte Christian
During his first season as a defensive end, Brown appeared in all 13 games and recorded 24 tackles and one sack. He played nearly twice as many snaps during his junior season as his sophomore year.
Brown inherits the starting defensive end position almost by default with the depth chart playing out as it has. And he’s not really a true defensive end either, occupying Duke’s newly created “Devil” position which is a hybrid defensive end-outside linebacker role that demands speed and reaction ability.
After playing linebacker for the majority of his career, Brown is now learning a new role that will attempt to maximize his strengths along the defensive front. The success of the Devil position will be determined not only by Brown’s abilities, but also what kind of help he’s getting from the interior of the defensive line where there are a lot of questions. We look for Brown to be a solid contributor throughout the season, but if Duke is going to be successful in generating a pass rush, solid may not be enough.
How he ended up in Durham
It came down to Duke and Oregon for Brown who ended up selecting the Blue Devils in July of 2010. Other finalists for the younger Brown’s services were Illinois and East Carolina.
High School Highlights
Four-year letterman at Charlotte Christian under coach Jason Estep…helped Charlotte Christian to four-year record of 35-14 with four state playoff appearances including the 2008 state championship ... as a senior, posted 103 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, six sacks, three fumble recoveries and one interception ... All-Mid Atlantic Region choice by SuperPrep ... 2010 NCISAA first team all-state selection [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]