IGraduate transfer linebacker Keith Brown, who arrived on The Hill in late January following an impressive four years at Louisville, was among a handful of new faces on Feix Field inside Houchens-Smith Stadium on Monday afternoon when the Hilltoppers participating in the program's first practice of the spring period.
"It was very exciting and fast-paced," Brown told WKU Insider following the two-hour practice session. "I'm getting to know all the players and the plays. We're just getting the train rolling."
Prior to strapping on his helmet and tying his cleats for his first practice as a Hilltopper, Brown has spent that past few months studying the defensive playbook, working in the weight room and becoming accustomed to his new home at WKU.
"It's pretty cool here," he said.
Now with practice underway, Brown's role becomes a significant one. His experience will be leaned on for leadership in the defense and his ability to be a consistent difference-maker is expected for a linebacker group that lost a lot from graduation. Brown, however, doesn't feel any added pressure, but instead is quick to accept his responsibilities.
"It's just another task that I have to complete," he said. "I have great teammates around me in T.J. (McCollum), we got Omar (Bryant) on the d-line and Marcus (Ward) behind me, and we just keep each other going."
His transition to defensive coordinator Nick Holt's defense has been a smooth one to date.
"It's basically the same thing, just different names and different ways to say it, but its basically the same thing that I've been doing the past couple of years playing football," he explained.
His goal is to help continue the rise of the WKU program. Fresh off a 12-2 season, including an 8-0 mark in Conference USA and a victory over South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl, the Hilltoppers are looking for more in 2016 and Brown is determined to do his part.
"I'm just wanting to be a big part of the defense and take the two losses off and go undefeated," he said. "We have to get better everyday."