Brown Down, But Not Out

While the Mountaineers' quarterback left Auburn battered mentally and bruised physically after struggling down the stretch of his team's 41-30 loss, he said he is bouncing back in both areas this week.

The shoulder injury Jarrett Brown sustained in the final minutes of last Saturday's game at Auburn has been alternately referred to as a sprain, a strain and a contusion. The signal-caller himself said it is indeed a contusion that has effected him since an AU tackler landed awkwardly on top of him out of bounds.

"It's fine," Brown said. "The results came back great. It's just a little sore."

The fifth-year senior said he has been "full go" in practice since returning from The Plains of Alabama, and thus expects little issue when West Virginia plays Colorado on Thursday night.

While Brown struggled when he played hurt a season ago against Syracuse (in relief of Pat White, who was also injured) this circumstance is different.

"I can lift my arm right now, and it's not my throwing shoulder," he said. "That's all the difference in the world."

The quarterback will likely relish the opportunity to get back on the field as soon as possible, if for no other reason than to get the bad taste out of his mouth that was left behind when he threw four interceptions -- three of which came in the fourth quarter -- that hurt his team's chances against Auburn.

"I didn't get too much sleep (after the game)," Brown said. "I was passed out on the plane, but that was about the only sleep I got. I just replayed it over and over and over. I probably watched that game five times in a two-day span."

"I felt like I threw (the game) away."

When the signal-caller reviewed that film, he saw plenty of mistakes on his own part -- and late adjustments from the AU defense that led to some of those mistakes.

"I just did an awful job of taking care of the ball," Brown said. "They switched it up a little bit and did a great job of giving us a different look. I don't think I was prepared for that. I had seen it (on film), but they hadn't ran that defense all game."

"It made me get the ball out of my hands quicker and make quicker decisions."

While some quarterbacks may not want to repeatedly watch their mistakes in the film room, Brown felt it wouldn't do him any good to simply make the Auburn game an "out of sight, out of mind" matter.

"I didn't really want to put the whole thing behind me," he said. "I needed something for motivation."

Additionally, the chance to study what adjustments the Tigers made to account for Brown's tendencies will likely help him prepare for what other teams might try to present defensively to counter the Mountaineer attack.

"It's just like preparing for a test," Brown said. "Once you study and see it, when the test comes, you're ready for it. I think I'm ready for it."

"That's experience. I'm pretty sure those mistakes won't happen again. I always told myself I wouldn't get too down. It's early in the season and we've got plenty of ball to play. I always said experience is the best teacher you can ever have."

Still, the feeling of disappointment Brown has is palpable after he said he helped hand Auburn both the ball and the game on multiple occasions when it counted down the stretch.

"I felt like we were the better team," he said. "We gave that game away."


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