Pre-Notre Dame Interview: Terrence Brown

With Stanford utilizing a rotation in its defensive backfield for much of this season, redshirt sophomore Terrence Brown has seen a lot of playing time. Brown, who has played in all 11 games this season, is tied for sixth on the team with 38 tackles.

The Bootleg interviewed Brown after a recent practice to look back on the Big Game and discuss the upcoming matchup with Notre Dame. Brown talked about the penalty calls that went against him last weekend, including a holding penalty on which he disagreed with the referees.

The Bootleg: Last week, you guys shut down Keenan Allen for the last three quarters. How were you able to do that?

Terrence Brown: Like I said before, it's just doing our job. Coaches are always harping on that fact, that if you do your job, things will happen right, things will go in the right way for you. Everybody just did their job to try and blanket him and keep him from making big plays, and we were capable of doing so. We all focused on our roles and stuck to our roles, and we were able to do a good job.

There's definitely a rotation of DBs in the backfield, but sometimes it seems like you guys are rotating all the time and sometimes it seems like there are a few guys that stick there the whole game. Is there any kind of method to that?

TB: You never know. Whatever [the coaches] decide to do, that's what happens. But we like to have fresh legs in there. The receivers are rotating every play, so they have fresh legs on the other side of the ball. We want to get fresh legs in there as well, but whatever the coach decides to do—that's his decision, and when he makes it, we just go with it and stick with it.

There were a couple of penalty calls that you seemed to disagree with in the game. Can you talk a little bit about those?

TB: It's just the game—sometimes you always disagree with the referees. But they're entitled to make their calls, and we can only disagree and keep going with it. There were a couple of frustrating calls that kind of got to me, but I shook it off and just moved on to the next play.

Can you take me through what happened on that one holding call that you seemed especially unhappy with?

TB: I specifically remember getting my hands on him and rerouting him outside. He stopped running his route, and I just stopped and took my hands off him. I guess they must have threw the flag because I didn't give him the chance to jump up for the ball when the ball was clearly over his head. But like I said, I kind of got past that and just moved on to the next play.

Notre Dame has a really dangerous receiver in Michael Floyd. Where do you think he ranks among the receivers you've faced this year?

TB: He's an exceptional athlete—he has great size, and he's definitely one of the top receivers in the nation. As long as we do our jobs, I think we'll be able to stop him.

What do you think of the new uniforms?

TB: They're fancy, but at the end of the day we're just playing ball, so you can't focus too much on the uniforms.

Coach Shaw said earlier today that for him, the BCS is impossible to understand and he doesn't really get why you guys are ranked where you are. Do you have any thoughts on that?

TB: I honestly have no clue how the BCS works. It's kind of frustrating at times, but we can only control what we control. We just focus on the next day and the next step, and that's Notre Dame this weekend.

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