Brown Refocusing After Difficult Rookie Year

Donald Brown was a frustrated running back in 2009. The Colts' first-round draft pick a year ago, Brown saw limited playing time as a rookie due to a rash of injuries that kept him out of practice and forced him to miss valuable playing time.

"It was a year of ups and downs, so you just have to remember to stay focused and stay the course and just keep the eye on the prize and keep chomping at the bit," the former University of Connecticut standout said recently.

Brown has been spending a lot of time in the Colts' weight room since the end of the 2009 season. He has also been hitting the books, literally, as he attempts to improve his overall on-the-field performance.

"That's the way I've always been," he said. "I just want to work hard and try to help the team any way possible."

Brown understands that he has a ways to go before he can feel as comfortable in the team's complex offensive system as veteran running back Joseph Addai.

"You definitely need a plan, and being around some of these vets, you get a clear idea of what you need to work on," he said. "Just having another year under my belt is going to help. Experience is one of the biggest things that sets people apart."

Brown played 11 games as a rookie, starting once and rushing for 281 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries. He also caught 11 passes for 169 yards, including hauling in a 72-yard pass that helped set up a touchdown in a key early-season road win over the Arizona Cardinals.

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