MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Christian Brown came to West Virginia University in 2012 with hopes of making a difference and he has done just that.
“He’s solid,” defensive line coach Bruce Tall said. “He can play both nose and end. And he can really push the pocket. He helps us being able to do both. He has the ability mentally wise to handle both positions and so it’s been helpful.”
For the 6-foot-2, 305-pound senior he immediately fell in love with Morgantown and becoming a Mountaineer became an easy choice.
“The atmosphere really, it’s a football town,” Brown said. “Why not come here and be a difference?”
His experience has been key for WVU this season.
“Just an old guy who knows how to play the game,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “He understands what we’re asking him to do, he’s big, he’s hard to move, he’s physical, he can get off blocks, we’re happy with where he is as well, another senior.”
The biggest plus for the Mountaineers has been Brown’s ability to play two positions.
“It’s just something I am used to,” he said. It’s really not hard. It’s just knowing two positions. It’s basically just to help the defense more. Its just help for extra people who get to come on and off the field. Basically what it is, is giving our nose tackle a little breathing room sometimes. So I come in just to backup for him and then Adam Schuler comes in to backup for me at end. Just have that rotation.”
And as the defensive linemen develops into his role, he has steadily improved.
“Well I think just getting a lot of playing time and understanding what his role is and trying to get better at it,” Tall said. “He had a really good offseason. He did a great job to prepare himself physically. He has the ability to play both the inside and outside position, which a lot of guys can’t do. It’s not as easy to play the nose position even though they end the play ahead of position. It’s hard when you start getting a lot of bodies around you and play with the same power and explosiveness. And he’s been able to handle both positions.”
Coming from a tough Florida neighborhood, the Fort Myers native credits his upbringing to him being at WVU today.
“It was just one thing I was brought up,” he said. “I was brought up to do what you was supposed to do. Don’t let everything else, don’t feed into nothing. Just take care of your responsibilities.”
As the final two games of his career approach Brown is honored to be a Mountaineer.
“It just means everything. It just about the spirit around here,” he said. “Game day just get going. Since I first came it’s just been a difference. It’s making me be a better person and helping me realize things.”
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS