Spring Recap: DT Kareem Brown

Kareem Brown was one of many players this spring who benefitted from additional reps due to injuries to starters. After a productive spring he looks to make a difference in the 2005 season.

NAME: Kareem Brown
HOMETOWN: Miami, Fla.
POSITION: Defensive Tackle
NUMBER: 99
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 300
YEAR: Junior

CAREER GAMES/STARTS: 23/2
CAREER STATS: 51 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries

SPRING REVIEW: Brown had a productive spring becoming more consistent in his performances. He primarily played right tackle, but did switch it up a bit during the spring game playing some on the left side. He was on the first unit this spring after senior starter Orien Harris went down with an injury.

2005 OUTLOOK: Brown will be in the rotation at defensive tackle this season. Look for him to have a larger role than he did a year ago and with the larger role he is a guy that should reach the 10 tackles for loss plateau.

SPRING ARTICLE: Kareem Brown Q&A

Q&A WITH KAREEM BROWN

How was the spring game?

It went well. The defense did a good job swarming to the ball. We got a lot of tackle for losses. I was proud of our effort. The thing that I was excited to see was that we were successful without running a lot of different schemes. The biggest thing was just getting to the ball.

How would you assess the play of the defensive line in the spring game?

I thought we did an excellent job. We came out and made plays. That was the biggest thing. We came out and set the tone for the defense. When we get established and get to moving, then everything falls into place for us.

What are your thoughts on your performance in the game?

I had a pretty game and that was due to me being focused.

Spring practices are now over, how do you think you did?

I think I had a pretty good spring. I learned a lot from Orien Harris who was hurt. He was able to teach me a lot of things.

Do you think the defense is where it needs to be after this spring?

There is always room for improvement. Even if you win a national championship, there is still room for improvement. I feel like we have done a pretty good job, but I still feel like there is room for improvement in every aspect of our defense. We have a long ways to go to get where we want to be, but I feel like are moving in the right direction.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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