Thomas Brown Q&A: March 23

Read on to see what offensive coordinator Thomas Brown was saying following Thursday's practice.

Thomas Brown, Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs

On Mark Walton…
“He is a phenomenal kid. Knowing him as a person, knowing what he has been going through his entire life, and even going through what he has been going through most recently, I tell him all the time, and I told him before, I don’t know how he does it. He does a really good job locking in, being focused. Obviously, he has a great family network around him here to keep him in good spirits. But I think he does a good job when he comes in this building of locking in and blocking out everything else, including the negative things, and focusing on his job.”

On the quarterback position…
“Yeah, I’m really excited. Obviously, people think it may be scary at times, but it is a great opportunity for a lot guys to come in and compete. I think competition makes you better. I think it is harder sometimes to go all out and compete, when you may think you never have a chance to beat a guy out. But when it is an open competition you will figure out who wants to play and who doesn’t want to play. I think guys will continue to go out and separate themselves. Every single position, not just the quarterback spot. It is going to be a long process to the rest of spring ball, throughout the summer and into fall camp, before we figure out who is going to be able to win football games.”

On evaluating players at the beginning of spring practice…
“By being consistent. I think if you build upon every single day, by trying to get rid of the negative stuff and build upon the positive things, just making sure we encourage guys to come out every day ready to compete. Again, as I said to the offense, ‘it is easy to come out day two, week one and give great effort and work hard. But what happens on day 17, where are you going to be? Are you going to fold and go into a tent? Are you going to be scared or intimidated because we put pads on during a scrimmage?’ The game of football is a great game, but it is not for everybody. Not everybody is built to withstand what we have to go through, which is fine. We just have to find the guys that will make us a great football team and beat the rest of the guys out.”

On who he has seen make improvements at the start of the spring practices…
“Again, that is tough after only two days. Obviously, I would say in my room, [junior running back] Mark Walton is a really good football player and I would say he has improved even more because he is even more detailed then he was in the past. Which is pretty impressive since I think he was already a pretty detailed guy. I think [senior offensive lineman] Trevor Darling has done some really nice things so far, just from a fundamental standpoint. [Senior offensive lineman] Kc McDermott is really good up front, from a technique standpoint. But again, it is two days in shorts, with guys with great effort. Everybody is excited for football right now. [There are] A lot of guys that would like to help us win, but we will find out more moving forward with the pads going on and when adversity hits.”


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