Brown Returned Home To Restart His Career

MANHATTAN, Kan. - If great defensive units start in the middle, K-State is off to a good start in 2011 with Arthur Brown appearing to be a fixture at middle linebacker. The prep Parade All-American and product of Wichita East High School, started his career with the Miami Hurricanes, but with only modest success. He's back in his home state and looking for a fresh start with the Wildcats.

Arthur Brown spoke for the first time as a Kansas State Wildcat this past Tuesday at the opening press conference of the spring season.

It was an all you need to know, and some not need to know, about this 6-foot-1, 233-pound junior linebacker, who played his prep ball at Wichita East High School where he was a Parade All-American as a senior in 2007.

Questions varied from, How'd you get that scar on your face? "I fell off a bicycle when I was little and hit my head," to, Were you a Wildcat fan as a little kid? "I never really engaged in watching football, I just liked playing."

And then Chris Harper, a graduate of cross-town rival Wichita Northwest High School, had his turn with Arthur Brown stories.

The current wide receiver said of his youth days playing against Brown, "He hit me one time. (Pause … and a smirky smile) It was a good experience."

And, Harper told the tale of Arthur once tackling his younger brother Bryce so hard as a 6- or 7-year-old that it knocked the younger brother out.

Overall, Arthur Brown handled the media's assault of straight fastballs, mixed with a dipsy-doodle curve ball question in a manner that would have made coach Bill Snyder proud.

All answers were of a team-first, me-second tone, with Brown ducking and dodging any hint of controversy like an on-coming blocker.

Opting first to attend Miami because of the coaching staff, school tradition and atmosphere, Brown soon missed the calmness of Kansas and the closeness with his family.

After playing a combined 23 games at Miami in 2008 and 2009 when he posted a modest total of 17 tackles, Brown chose to leave the team and ask for his release to transfer to another school.

"I didn't reach out to any school for a while, but then coach (Bill) Snyder reached out to me a little bit, and gradually K-State became my choice," said Brown. "But I did spend some time to reflect and refocus myself."

Snyder said of the decision, "I don't know who made the first phone call, but it was a mutual thing."

On his two years playing as a Miami Hurricane, he said, "I enjoyed my time, learned a lot, but now I'm just happy to be here."

What prevented Brown from more success than had hoped at Miami? Casting no stones, Brown simply repeated, "I enjoyed my time, learned a lot, and experienced a lot, but I'm glad to be here."

Here, is K-State, where his brother, Bryce, is also playing after transferring from Tennessee.

"We've played together since second grade, so to come together in college and still have the opportunity to play together is going to be great for me, my brother and my family," said Brown.

And how's little brother doing?
"He's doing excellent," Brown said.

Pressed further, he added, "He has speed, power and quickness."

Oh, and who would win that open field meeting between Arthur the linebacker and Bryce the running back?

"I thought I'd hear that one," Brown said with a smile. "You'll have to wait and see on April 30."

That's the date of K-State's spring game with few being more eager to play in than Brown after sitting out the 2010 season as a scout team member after his transfer from Miami.

He said the 2010 season was "dragging" at the start, but at the same time allowed him time to "gradually take things in" as to the K-State way of doing things.

Snyder said Brown "… played well as a scout squad guy where you're constantly playing off the seat of your pants. You're trying to incorporate the opponent's system, and then moving to a new system the next week and week in and week out."

Brown admitted that several games, like the game with Nebraska when KSU allowed 587 yards of total offense, were "frustrating" to watch in a season where K-State allowed 231 rushing yards and 446 yards of total offense per game.

While Brown appears to be a for-sure starter at middle linebacker, he was well coached as to who the other two linebackers might be: "That's up to coach Snyder," he answered.

As to what K-State fans might see from Brown in the spring game? Again, the answer had to do with "team" K-State.

"Right now I am preparing to better myself in every area, as far as studying and knowing my assignments, as well as the rest of the defensive unit's assignments. We are working together as one to accomplish one goal."

While Brown declined to talk about himself, teammate David Garrett said, "He gets to the ball very well, but I knew that from last year.

He is making it really easy on the defensive backs because he cleans up stuff and he hits the right holes. I think that he will be a great asset to the team this year."

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