Bay City QB poised for breakout year

Bay City QB Derek Brown has excellent size and speed (6-3, 215, 4.6), and the junior is ready to put his team on the map this fall with a playoff berth.

"Leadership is my biggest quality as a player," said QB Derek Brown. "Our team had a lot of downfalls last year (finished 3-7). We started slow in most of the games, but I was able to complete passes to bring us back in some games.

"In our second game of the year -- versus Houston Yates -- we were losing 21-0 -- but we came back to win at the end of the game (31-28). I had 968 yards passing with 600-plus yards rushing on the season. I had six rushing TDs and five passing TDs."

Brown threw more interceptions that he'd like last year (nine), and he's working diligently to learn from past miscues.

"The quality I need to work on the most is my decision-making," he explained. "The intangibles; the decisions I make when I have the ball in my hands. The coaches have taught me how to read defenses and throw property, and now it's on me to make the correct decisions.

"I can throw and run well. I'm an athletic quarterback. One of my strongest suits is my scrambling. I have good mechanics."

What are Bay City's expectations for this year?

"We need to build an experienced offensive line," he said. That way, we can throw or run - and hopefully I won't have to get out of the pocket everytime due to pressure. We're not going to make any excuses. We just need to work hard and our O-Line will be alright."

Which schools are recruiting the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Brown?

Houston has been on me really heavy," he said. "I was invited to several of their games last year. Their coaches saw me in some of my early games last year, and they didn't realize how fast I really am, because I had a nagging minor injury early in the year.

TCU is also looking at me."

Brown has plenty of speed, having run a 23.01 at a recent meet in the 200 meters.

You can expect the mature, poised, confident Brown to have learned from his errors in the past, and the sky is the limit this season - his senior season.

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