Abe Brown: 'It starts with beating Kentucky'

Junior linebacker Abe Brown made his first collegiate start last fall against rival Kentucky, recording 3 tackles and a sack. Now the Sarasota, Florida native has become one of the leaders on defense and is helping to prepare the younger members of the U of L team for the season opener in Lexington.

Linebacker Abe Brown became a force on the Louisville defense in 2004, finishing forth on the team in tackles with 55. The junior from Sarasota also registered 6 sacks, third best on the team, and an interception.

Brown visited with Inside The Ville following Thursday's workout inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and talked about the image of U of L football back home, playing linebacker and more.

How was the trip home before summer workouts started?

"It was real nice to be able to be with my family and relax a little bit. We went to the beach a little bit."

What's the perception of Louisville football in hometown of Sarasota, Florida?

"It's really changed since when I first came here. Now when I go home we are one of the top teams in the county. We get a lot of respect from people down there that like Miami, Florida and Florida State, but hey, we're ranked higher than they are. We get a lot of respect now."

What do you guys hope to achieve during summer workouts?

"We want to get stronger and faster, so we can be even better this year. I want to get better as a player and learn the game even more. There is always room for improvement."

The offensive side of the ball continues to get the headlines, does that motivate the defense?

"That really motivates us, because we know that we are going up against the number one offense everyday and it makes us even better. I love going against this offense. We have great players on both offense and defense."

How do you feel about the players returning? Can this team be better than last year?

"I feel real good about who is coming back. We have younger guys that may be able to do something that others couldn't before. All of the younger guys are playing great. I think we will be better."

You came to Louisville as a safety, but do you see yourself as a linebacker now?

"I see myself as a football player."

Looking back on the move to linebacker now, does it appear to have been the best decision for you?

"The move was good. I just want to play football and then let my play speak for itself."

What are the team goals this year?

"It all starts with beating Kentucky and then we will take it from there. Maybe we will end up in Pasadena."

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