"My strength was all natural, I never lifted weights very much," Brooks said. "Up here, you have got to get stronger to survive. So a big part of my game that has changed is the lifting part of it. I feel like I'm getting stronger and faster."
LaRod Stephens has stepped up and taken the spotlight from this talented group. It would be easy for another high profile freshman to become jealous, but that's not the case with Brooks.
"Man, that kid is special, he's doin his thing," he said. ‘He's just so shifty."
Dave Wannstedt will have an interesting problem the next few years dishing out carries to all those backs. The scene becomes even cloudier next season as Pittsburgh adds highly touted Churchville, N.Y., running back Kevin Collier. Brooks is taking everything one day at a time.
"The biggest adjustment for me has been the school work," he said. "Between school and football you don't have much free time at all its crazy."