Brown's Back

Fadol Brown is looking forward to getting back on the football field and playing in a game. For the last year, he’s waited.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end transferred to Ole Miss from Florida International last summer and sat out last season.

Coming into fall camp, Brown was all set to challenge for not only substantial playing time but perhaps a starting spot. Marquis Haynes is also in the mix on a talented and deeper defense.

Then came last week and an ankle injury. But Fadol spoke after Monday’s practice and said he’s mostly back. And that’s good.

“I felt pretty good going forward,” he said of his ankle and foot during practice this morning. “But when I get to planting on it, it kind of bothers me a little bit. But I’m going to fight through.”

There’s time to do just that. The Rebels don’t play until two weeks from Thursday when the meet Boise State in Atlanta.

Brown knows he will be ready as game time gets closer. And he can’t wait to play in an actual game again.

He also knows the Rebels have been doing some good things in practice to get ready for the season.

“It’s been pretty intense,” he said. “The defense and offense are getting into it, which is always a good thing. That pretty much sums it up.”

As for himself, he said he entered fall camp with an attitude of finally getting to play again. He said he’s been focused. He believes the few days off from practice haven’t hurt him. He knows they haven’t as far as mental preparation and “staying in the game” so to speak.

“I try not to ever get complacent on the field,” said Brown, who is from Charleston, S.C., and played in 10 games for FIU in 2012 as a true freshman. “Everybody has plusses and minuses they have to work on. But we’re going to be pretty good as a unit.

“The coaches are pretty hard on us about staying in the playbook and knowing your assignment,” he continued, specifically talking about not getting behind while he was sidelined recently. “Because the next guy behind you is just as good. So we kind of push each other. If I’m behind Marquis right now, I’m pushing him to stay in the playbook and help him whenever he needs help. Like C.J. (Johnson) helps me whenever I need help. I can turn to them. They can turn to me. That’s the way we look at it. We’re more like a family.”

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said he would have to watch the tape of the practice to truly evaluate Brown’s first day back.

“He finished practice and pushed through it, so that’s good,” Freeze said. “He’s certainly not 100 percent. But he did finish, and we’ll watch the tape and see how he did.”

That he is now at Ole Miss and playing in the Southeastern Conference is something that makes Brown work hard every day as well.

“Definitely it’s a blessing,” he said. “It’s definitely a blessing to be able to play in the SEC. That’s how I look at it. And if we stay focused and able to execute assignments, I think we can be good as a (defensive) unit.”

Brown, who said staying healthy and working on better technique were two of his goals coming into the fall, said he also wants to be better at rushing the quarterback “inside and outside and just being technically sound.”

He said the coaches are making sure they all perform to the capabilities and beyond.

“We’re executing a whole lot better and flying around. That’s what Coach (Dave) Wommack and Coach (Chris) Kiffin usually stay on us about – effort. We’re basically focused right now on executing and giving maximum effort.”

As they countdown the days to Boise State and the start of the 2014 college football season.

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