Chabot DE looking for an opportunity

Two years ago, current Chabot DE Sean Brown (6-5, 245) thought he might be headed to a scholarship with the California Golden Bears. After walking-on, he hoped to show the staff he had what it took to be put on scholarship, but a shoulder injury derailed those plans...

As a prep at nearby Oakland Tech, Brown had gotten some looks from some FCS schools, including Southern Utah, as well as UNLV, but none extended an offer. So, after pondering his options, he decided to become a "recruited" walk-on at Cal and thought he might have a chance to earn a scholarship once he had a chance to show the Bears coaching staff what he could do.

That's when fate took a hand.

"I got injured the first couple weeks of the season, so I redshirted," Brown told "I dislocated my (left) shoulder and had surgery to repair it. Everything came out well, but after I thought about it and looked at where things were going, it didn't look like I was going to get a scholarship and that's the main reason I walked-on there.

"They also run a 3-4 scheme there, so they moved me to linebacker and I really wanted to play defensive end. That was another reason I wanted to leave."

Once he decided to leave the confines of Berkeley, Brown began to look around at some JUCO programs close by and decided to Chabot was the best fit.

"The main thing was, I could play defensive end here," Brown admitted. "It's a good program and I really liked the staff here too."

Three games into the 2009 season, Brown appeared to be on his way to a solid campaign, however a concussion and him pushing too hard to get back before he was ready halted things yet again.

"I got hurt and probably would have only missed a couple of games, but I was really stupid and pushed too hard to get back," Brown said. "Because of my impatience, it made the effects of the concussion last longer than they probably would have. I should have listened to the doctors and not pushed it so hard, but when you want to play ball and you feel like you are healthy enough to play it's really hard to hold back."

This offseason, Brown has been working hard to get himself ready for his last chance to earn a D-1 scholarship and he's hoping he can show he deserves a chance.

"So far no schools have talked to me yet," Brown said. "Utah told my coaches they like me and are looking forward to getting to see me this spring, so I will have a chance to show what I can do."

Brown is an good student and he's on pace to finish his AA in December. He'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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