Shrine Bowl "Great" Experience for MVP Brown

Greenville (NC) Rose Running Back Andre Brown went into this weekend's Shrine Bowl with only one goal in mind.

"I just wanted to win this game," Andre Brown told StateFans. "I think all of us North Carolina guys didn't care about anything else. It was great to go out and do what we wanted to do."

Behind the impressive play of Mr. Brown, not only did North Carolina win, but they did so in impressive fashion. Andre led the way with 122 yards and 1 touchdown on 16 carries, garnering MVP honors.

"Winning the award is a big honor for me, just like getting picked to play in the [Shrine] game was. I did my best to win for North Carolina and we did just that. Now I can say I accomplished all my goals during my final year and not many other players can say that."

The Rose standout capped a senior season where he set the North Carolina single-season rushing mark (3,479 yards), won a state 4-A championship, was MVP in the title game, and he was also tabbed AP State player of the year last week.

"It's been crazy. I couldn't do any of those things without my teammates, and I owe a lot to them. It's going to be cool to follow the rushing record and see how long that lasts. I never really thought about breaking that one."

Brown's next focus turns to his college recruitment. He has an official visit scheduled with N.C. State and possibly West Virginia.

"I go to N.C. State on January 9th and I'm looking forward to it because they've been near the top with Virginia the whole time. I'll probably visit West Virginia, but it may just depend on how the NC State visit goes because I could be ready to just pick after that one."

As far as leaders... it looks like a close race between two top ACC programs.

"Virginia is 1A. and NC State is 1B. Then after them is West Virginia and Miami."

A decision could be coming shortly after Andre's NC State visit or potential West Virginia trip, so check back with StateFans in early January for the latest on North Carolina's best football player, Andre Brown!


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