Ready to compete

Many look to the 2014 commitment for Nebraska and have Drew Brown circled as an immediate contributor. The strong-legged kicker from Southlake (Texas) Carroll achieved his dream of being a Husker and following his brother to Lincoln while blazing his own trail.

Jackie Robinson. Jay Cutler. Drew Brown What do they all have in common? All of them are athletes. All of them are also type 1 diabetics. It's not a story that Brown likes to have overshadowing what he does on the field, but it's very much part of the story.

The 5-foot-10 and 160-pound Brown from Southlake (Texas) Carroll signed his letter of intent with Nebraska. Becoming a Husker is a dream come true after his brother, Kris Brown, had so much success there himself in the 90's.

"It's an incredible feeling," Brown said. "It's a huge weight off of my shoulder. I have been waiting my whole life for it. I am excited to show people what I can do."

Brown has a chance, like his brother, to be a four-year letter winner in Lincoln. There is an opening at the kicker spot with the graduation of Pat Smith. Brown is looking forward to competing for the position.

"It's a great opportunity with a kicker leaving. I am ready to compete and do everything that I can do to get a spot on the field."

Brown could also find his way into a kicking battle for kickoffs and punts too potentially. Some kickers like to specialize, but Brown isn't limiting what he could possibly do in Lincoln.

"I won't draw a line anywhere," Brown said. "I can do all of those things. They still have two guys there, but if the opportunity comes up I will go after it and do as many things as I can for the team."

All of this competitive edge and earlier in his life, in the fifth grade to be exact, Brown was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. Brown has been active in the Dallas area encouraging other young athletes to not let the disease slow them down.

"I am part of a group called Insulin Angels," Brown said. "A friend named Emma Scheffer who is going to St. Edwards University in Austin on a soccer scholarship really started the group.

"I have been helping out the past two years or so. We talk with kids who are diagnosed as type 1 diabetics. We try to ease their minds and tensions by telling them they can lead normal lives.

"We know that when we were diagnosed with the disease that we wished we had someone to talk to. We try to answer all of the questions that they and their parents have."

The Nebraska football team works closely with the area hospitals giving back to the community. Brown says that he's looking forward to that opportunity and knows that he can have quite the influence because of his own personal situation.

"Without a doubt I look forward to going to the hospitals. It's made me a responsible person and it's actually given me a boost. It would be great to have the opportunity to talk to the kids there."

Brown was honorable mention all-state and was an all-area selection as a senior. He was 9-of-11 on his field goal tries with a long of 51 yards. Brown also connected on 89-of-90 PATs.

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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