Daniel Brown wants best to get better

After starting the season's first four games, senior linebacker Daniel Brown was forced to the sideline with a knee injury. Ready to play again, Brown tells Cardinal Authority that he wants the best season of his Louisville career to get even better.

This was supposed to be a special season for linebacker Daniel Brown. The senior from Atlanta began his final year in a Louisville uniform with four consecutive starts and was among the team's leading tacklers when a knee injury suffered during the win at FIU forced him to the sideline for the remainder of the regular season.

On Saturday, Brown was introduced at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as part of the departing senior class.

"It was very special for me to be able to go out there on the field for my last home game," said Brown, who has notched 23 career starts.

After entering the season with high expectations, being forced to the sideline was a difficult adjustment initially. However, the team's continued success helped ease Brown's struggle of not being able to play.

"At first I was a little down because it's my senior year, but the guys were winning big games, so I couldn‘t stay that way," Brown told CardinalAuthority.com. "They brought the Keg of Nails home and that's something that I haven't had since I've been here, so I'm very appreciative of what they have done, but I'm glad to finally be back out there."

Unable to play, Brown became a leader for those helping to fill his void.

"On the sideline I became a mentor to the younger guys," he said. "I can say things in the film room, tell them what to watch for and things like that. When I'm back on the field I feel like I can lead more by being an example."

Brown, who has recorded 113 career tackles, is ready to get back on the field to help stop the two-game losing skid.

"We started off pretty good and we've had a couple slumps in the end, but you can't be to displeased knowing that we had a nine game streak," he said. "We can't let these last two games determine the character of our team."

Louisville's final outing of the regular season comes this Thursday when the Cardinals travel to Rutgers for a winner-takes-all scenario, with the winner receiving the Big East Conference spot in a Bowl Championship Series game.

"It's turned into a national championship type game," Brown said of season finale. "We all know what this means."

"This is the best season we've had since I've been here and its been one of the top seasons in the history of Louisville, so guys know what's at stake. We didn't come this far to just let the season drop, so we'll be serious this week in practice."

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