Best Shape of His Life

This talented incoming freshman says he's in the best shape of his life. He talks about his workouts this summer, other members of the freshman class, and what he hopes to accomplish this season.

Having been unable to play football his entire senior season, former Miami (Fla.) Norland standout defensive lineman Kareem Brown is hungry.

Real hungry.

"Man, I'm so pumped up for this season to start," Brown said. "I've been working out big time this whole summer getting ready to play for UM. "

At 6-foot-5, Brown has noticed a big change in his body weight this summer.

"You know how I was getting a little heavy there for awhile," he said. "Well, I've dropped my weight down and I weighed in today at 252 and I feel great. I feel faster than ever, and I feel as if I can move around on my feet better than ever. I'm getting a chance to live out a dream of playing at UM, so I'm trying to prepare myself the best way I can."

Brown, who hasn't been told who his roommate will be just yet, said he's been extremely impressed with the way the current UM defensive linemen are getting ready for this coming season.

"Watching them get ready in the hot sun this summer," he said. "It's easy to see why they're considered the No. 1 defensive line in the whole country. Everyone is so fast it's amazing. They have a lot of speed on the defensive line. We have defensive ends that run like running backs at most other schools."

The talented lineman said his days start off bright and early. "I wake up at 6:15 every morning," he said. "I start workouts at 6:50 and get out around 8:30. Then I rest a little and start work at 10." Brown has been working for a local rental car company this summer.

Brown said in drills with fellow linemen, he's been working out with the defensive ends. "The coaches can't be out there, so they told me that I'll start out practice next month working out at left defensive end, usually on the tight end's side."

And the talented defensive end said he's learning from some of the best. "I have been working a lot on my technique and stuff this summer from Jerome McDougle and Andrew Williams. Those are two of the best so I've been trying to pick up as many things as I can to get myself ready for practice which starts around August 6 or 7."

Brown said he's very impressed with this incoming freshmen class. "They look real good, everyone," he said. "The big tight end looks real good. We got some really good wide receivers and defensive backs, and I think we're going to be a great class when it's all said and done."

The standout defensive end seems to have the right mindset going into fall camp. When asked what his personal goals were, he was quick to respond.

"I just want to go in there and learn as much as I can," he said. "I'm learning from some of the best and I know my day will come. I have to prepare myself both physically and mentally to be where I want to be eventually. Guys like William Joseph were in my same position one day, so I want to stay focused."

Brown said the entire team has one major goal in mind. "Our team goal is to win another national championship," he said. "Everyone has been working real hard together this summer and we're real excited for two-a-days to start in August. The upperclassmen are telling us younger guys that you win a championship by taking things one game at a time. That's what we're all trying to do this season and we've been working really hard together all summer. I can't wait."

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