Brown, who has seen action in relief of White in several games over the past two seasons, knows that he has to be ready to go at a moment's notice. With White a focal point of the offense, the specter of injury always hovers over the position -- even with the stated intent of having White run the ball less this year on designed plays. Brown, however, has no problem playing behind White. In fact, he enjoys it.
With all of the players adjusting to the new offense, which Brown describes as "way harder" than last year, Brown and White have been communicating and helping each other out more than ever.
"We talk and tell each other what we see (on the field). That's what I love about him; he's so down to earth. We learn from each other. I think that's the best way to learn and get better as a player," Brown said about his relationship with White.
Brown has been working to improve the mistakes he saw himself making during spring practice. He hopes to improve on his timing, formation sets and recognition, and quickness.
Just like head coach Bill Stewart, Brown is quick to praise the defense's effort in practice this fall. WVU's stop troops, led by its deep linebacking corps, has been coming out on top in the majority of situational work to date.
"Practice has been very competitive. I love the defense and the way that they fly around and they're making me better. They're making the young guys better. Defense has made a lot of good plays out there, some days they make more plays than we do. That's just defense being defense. We have to make each other better," Brown said.
Brown is taking his junior season one game at a time and says he is focused only on his team's game against the Villanova Wildcats on August 30th. Despite the Mountaineers' heavy reliance on the running game last year, White and Brown are preparing to pass the ball more this season.
"This offense is making us more mature. We have to put in more work off the field. We have to go and watch film on our own and coach stressed that. I think we are a lot more mature than last year," Brown said.
Brown is anxious to contribute to the team in anyway needed. He hopes to bring his best effort to the team and continue to perfect his game at the quarterback spot.
Last year Brown played in ten games for the Mountaineers. His longest pass completion was 43 yards. He also had 48 carries for 327 yards. Brown produced five touchdowns, throwing for two and rushing for three. He was also part of Coach Bob Huggins' basketball team last year which made it to the "Sweet 16" with a win over the Duke Blue Devils. Brown is undecided on returning to the basketball team this season, as he will have the inside track to the starting quarterback position in 2009.