Despite only being a sophomore, Nappanee (IN) Northwood athlete Coy Brown has been in the Hoosier State spotlight for almost a year now. After playing a starring role at linebacker for a team the won a regional championship as a freshman, he was asked to take on additional responsibilities last year and rose to the challenge.
"I didn't start running back until the third or fourth game, but I rushed for about 670 yards and scored 11 touchdowns," Brown recalled. "At outside linebacker on defense I had I think 58 tackles, four forced fumbles, and made ten tackles for loss.
Checking in at a stout 5-11, 200-lbs., Brown is a physical downhill runner with prototypical running back size, but he understands that his collegiate future might not be spent carrying the football.
Said Brown, "I prefer running back actually, but when it really comes down to it I might be a linebacker or a D-end when it comes to college with my size."
Brown will welcome those defensive opportunities if those are the doors that open up for him. That said, offense is where his heart is and that's where he spent his time working out at during Michigan's one-day camp.
"It was great," Brown said regarding his camp experience. "I had a good day. I met the coaches. I think I performed pretty well. I could have done a little bit better in the gauntlet but overall it went great. I didn't get to talk to the coaches very much, but my uncle did. They just said they want keep in touch. They were definitely interested in me."
With his Michigan camp session now behind him, Brown plans to shift his travel plans into high gear and hit the road for a number of other programs that have shown interest.
"So far I've been hearing from pretty much all of the MAC and Iowa and I plan on making it out to a lot of schools," Brown reported. "I've got a camp (Sunday) at Ball State and then I got a camp on the 13th that is Illinois," he reported. "I've got one on the 17th at Notre Dame. I've got one on the 18th at IU (Indiana) and one on the 19th at Kentucky. I've got one on the 21st at Western Michigan, and then the 26th is national underclassman camp."