Position series feature: Jamon Brown

One of the surprise offensive linemen from a year ago could be one of the brightest stars this season. Former Fern Creek High School star Jamon Brown is a converted defensive lineman and will start for the Cardinals. Read his story:

University of Louisville offensive line coach Dave Borbely remembers a statement defensive line coach Clint Hurtt made to him on the second day of camp last fall.

"He told me as we were walking off the field, ‘Jamon Brown would be a great offensive tackle is we moved him over," Borbely recalled. "I didn't even know who he really was at the time, I was so locked in on my guys."

Borbely didn't think about it again until about a month into the season, Borbely said U of L head coach Charlie Strong asked if he wanted Brown on the offensive side.

The offensive coaches agreed.

Brown made the switch, eight practices later he was in the starting lineup for the Cardinals against North Carolina on the injury-plagued offensive line.

"It was different that's for sure," Brown said. "But when coach Strong came to me and asked me if I would switch, I said I would do anything for the team."

The 6-foot-6, 337-pound played eight games on the offensive line and heads into this season as the starting right tackle and a key cog to the offense.

Brown is one of five players that started a game returning on the line.

"He's a very talented young man," Borbely said. "He's working hard and it will be a huge benefit to go through camp. They played him on defense but then some plans changed with what they wanted to do personal wise.

"When they asked me if I wanted him, I said, ‘Sure, bring him over'."

Brown, who said he had thought he might end up on the offensive side of the ball, has been a hit every since the move.

Strong said he's an athletic lineman with tons of upside, noting he has "a lot of athletic ability, speed and keeps improving."

"I just want to take care of this opportunity and do whatever I can to help this team win," Brown said. "Plus, it means I get to play.

"I got the opportunity last year and I love it."

Brown admits he's come a long way noting, "If you saw me last year, you could tell that I had a lot to learn and a lot to get better at."

But the difference was he had time to learn and improve.

"In the spring and in the offseason, I just tried to soak it up and learn as much as possible," Brown said. "I think I am making improvements. I have come a long way already. I started at guard and now I'm at tackle. I am still learning a lot."

Brown said he "wanted to be a defensive lineman" before he made the switch, noting it was somewhat easier to play on the defensive side of the ball.

But now he's all good with offense.

"It was a hard, hard transition for me," he said. "Obviously, the offense is a lot harder to learn than the defense. But being thrown into the fire has helped me and brought me a long way. It's a lot more difficult than defense, I'll tell you that.

"But it's fun and I am ready to go."

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