DeAngelo Brown poised for big season

After being forced out of action for the entire 2013 season with an injury, junior nose tackle DeAngelo Brown is poised for a big 2014 campaign. Cardinal Authority has this report.

Following a year watching the action on the sideline while rehabbing from an achilles injury, defensive lineman DeAngelo Brown entered spring as the first team nose tackle in Louisville's new 3-4 scheme.

At 6-foot, 320-pounds, Brown will fill the role of filling the gaps and creating opportunities for those behind him.

"Holding the blocks off the linebackers - Keith Kelsey and James Burgess – and make sure those guys are running free and making plays," he said of his responsibilities in the 3-4 defense.

Like the rest of his teammates, the product of Savannah (Ga.) Christian is doing a lot of learning this spring. Understanding the new terminology of the 3-4 defense and the more up-tempo practices have taken some time to grasp, but response has been positive.

"It's going great," Brown said following Wednesday's practice. "We are just trying to get used to the pace of things. These practices are going real fast, so we are trying to get adjusted to that and trying to get used to the terminology of the defense, but overall things are going pretty good."

The year away from the field was a difficult period for the junior. After an impressive freshman season that saw him play in 7 games, Brown would have been a key contributor in 2013 until the injury suffered during summer workouts forced him to the sideline.

"That's the longest I've ever had to sit," he explained. "I had a hard time dealing with it, but with God on my side, people around me and my teammates helping me out, it made it an easier process to go through."

This spring, a fully healthy Brown is excited to be back in the mix.

"It's a great feeling," he told Cardinal Authority. "It's the best feeling in the world. It was tough watching those guys so out and compete every week and not being out there."

The Cardinals resume practice on Friday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. On Saturday, the program will welcome recruits for Junior Day and to watch the team practice at 10:00 a.m. All practices are open and fans are encouraged to attend.

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