Brown Battles Sickness, Ready for Week 2

Kareem Brown is a senior defensive tackle from Miami Norland High School.

Kareem Brown was sick the first week of practices although he did practice. He is better now and was pleased with Sunday's practice.

"Today went very well, I think we did great things on defense," Brown said. "It was just one of those days where the defense kind of dominated."

The defense has their days, but the offense has done well too.

"We would like it to be like that every day, but the offense has their days sometime," Brown said. "Overall I think we are getting really, really good on defense."

One of the positives with the defense is the strength of the defensive line with Brown and Bryan Pata inside with Baraka Atkins and Calais Campbell at the end position.

Pata has played the last three years at defensive end before moving to tackle this fall. Brown believes Pata is doing a good job of making the transition.

"It is a smooth transition and he is taking it very well," Brown said. "He is doing anything he can to help the team. Coach Hurtt and Coach Palermo have done a fantastic job."

Brown, a right tackle, has played next to Pata before when he was an end, but now that they are both tackles things could be different.

"It is pretty much the same thing," Brown said. "I help him out a lot because some of the things are new to him. But overall it has been a smooth transition, I am happy for him."

Campbell is another player playing next to Brown. He was moved into the first unit with Pata moving inside.

"He has been perfect" said Brown, of Calais. "He is one of those players that will do anything to help the team and he is giving it his all. He lays it out on the line on every play and that is all I can ask for."

Brown has played in 35 games in his career with just three starts--one in each season.

Last year he had 46 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

"I happy to be here and I want to make this the best year we can and win the national championship."

Practice resumes Monday morning.

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