Brown headlines an experienced offensive line that has played well throughout the season and tied for first in league play with just 14 sacks allowed. Brown has graded out over 90 percent in five games this season (80 is considered excellent in UNC OL coach Hal Hunter's system), including William & Mary, Louisville, Florida State, Miami and Wake Forest. He came within one play of becoming the first player in Hunter's 20 years of coaching to earn a perfect grade against Louisville.
Brown is one of seven finalists for the Rimington Award as the nation's top center. He has been named ACC offensive lineman of the week three times this season. No other player has earned the honor more than twice.
He is the first North Carolina center to be named first-team All-ACC since Jeff Saturday in 1996 and 1997.