Film Session: Andre Brown

The latest Indiana commitment Andre Brown plays both quarterback and safety, but where will he end up playing at IU? Here's a film study of the athlete.

Indiana signed its 11th recruit of the 2015 class in Andre Brown. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete from Decatur, Ga. plays both quarterback and free safety.

Brown chose IU over Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina State and Syracuse.

STRENGTHS

Offensively, while Brown’s arm strength won’t necessarily wow, he has a solid deep ball. He displays tremendous touch on his throws, which gives him the ability to hit slot receivers and tight ends down the middle of the field in between the linebackers and safeties. He is good as an accurate passer, not great. He had excellent speed as well and looks natural as a runner once he gets out of the pocket. His ability to break tackles is his strongest asset to his offensive game, and if he sticks to quarterback he can bring a scrambling presence to the Hoosier group of signal callers.

Defensively, Brown is a tenacious, physical hitter. He consistently jumps on slant routes and makes impact tackles. He has great ball skills on the defensive side of the ball as well, and is talented at going up and acrobatically grabbing interceptions. Brown has excellent vision and instincts at free safety, and he brings his knowledge from playing quarterback to his defensive game.

WEAKNESSES

One of Brown’s weaknesses is top-end speed. While he has great acceleration, once he gets going he isn’t going to be able to outrun a lot of Big Ten athletes. In his passing game, Brown lacks a zip on the ball and doesn’t have elite arm strength. A lot of his balls tend to stay in the air too long, which Big Ten safeties will be able to pick off easily.

His biggest questions defensively are in his coverage skills. He can be too aggressive at times, and at the college level he will need to learn how to keep everything in front of him.

BOTTOM LINE

Brown is a playmaker who never gives up on a play, whether it be running with the football or finishing a tackle on defense. He has the ability to change a game in an instant on both sides of the ball, but he likely doesn’t possess all the tools to stay at quarterback. Expect Brown to stick to the secondary, but don’t be surprised to see him returning kicks or finding a way to get on the field for some offensive snaps.


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