Many fans wonder why Brown, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound number one linebacker prospect by SuperPrep, hadn't seen much time on defense.
"(I'm) still in the process of learning," Brown said. "(Just) like I was when I got here. I am getting better every day but is a slow process with me."
Brown, who has been working out primarility at strong side linebacker, or SAM, started the season third on the depth chart behind junior Darryl Sharpton and fellow freshman Jordan Futch. However, with an injury to McCarthy and with Futch nicked up, Brown has slid into a potential role on the base defense.
"The injuries, while unfortunate allowed me to move up on the depth chart this week," Brown said. "I've been working hard in practice and ready to take advantage of it. Once you see that opportunity, you got to do your best and go after it and realize what they may have in store for you."
Brown has been slow to learn to proper technique, which has prevented him from playing on defense, however his role on special teams has helped along his progression.
"I am running and learning how to fit right, it is different then in high school," Brown said. "We just ran down the field and made a play. Now we have technique, learning how to get off blocks and stuff like that. I'm still learning and I've been doing good."
Despite the learning curve, Brown still had expectations of seeing more playing time early on,
"I have always felt that way and it hasn't changed," Brown said. "I can't say I was expecting it, but set backs happen in life. And football is a lot like life, you just need to bounce back."
However, he feels the experience will help him later on.
"But, I just think it is helping out my character, as a person. It is just allowing me to grow and I can translate it on the football field as a leader."