ARTHUR BROWN

Inside/Outside Linebacker

Kansas State University Wildcats

#4

6:00.3-241

Wichita, Kansas

University of Miami

Wichita East High School

 

OVERVIEW

Brown has a pleasant problem where NFL teams are concerned – where to play him. It is not as if he is not wanted, it is just that teams seem split down the middle on whether he would be a better fit as a middle linebacker in a 4-3 alignment, as those teams liken him to Curtis Lofton, use him inside in a 3-4 scheme, as those organizations compare his hard-hitting skills to Navorro Bowman, or capitalize on his quickness as an outside linebacker in a Cover-2 system, as those squads see a lot of LaVonte David in his overall athletic skills.

 

As far as Brown is concerned, as long as he comes out of the tunnel ready to play in an NFL game, he will let his coaches decide where it would be best to utilize his talents. Even though he has mostly manned the middle linebacker spot since transferring to Kansas State, he was originally recruited as a strong-side linebacker by Miami and used as a weak-side linebacker during his freshman season with the Hurricanes.

 

While Brown can play any linebacker position in a base defense, it is his speed and pass coverage skills that might convince a team to play him on the flanks. Others might feel he is a better fit in the middle, as he is a strong, physical athlete with good field smarts. He is quick to see and read plays, especially the run, doing a nice job of keeping the action in front of him and is rarely caught out of position.

 

Brown shows very good urgency in coming up and plugging the inside lanes to support vs. the run, showing good explosion when closing. He might lack great height, but he possesses more than enough speed to match up vs. any tight end, running back or receiver in the short area passing game and even when challenged by bigger blockers, he fights aggressively through trash, doing an excellent job of breaking down, facing up and wrapping when trying to contain the outside running game.

 

Getting the Wichita area product to return “home” after two seasons of struggling to make the lineup at the University of Miami was a recruiting bonus for Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. Brown was a five-star prospect during his playing days at Wichita East High School, where he was rated the second-best outside linebacker in the country, the top player on the Kansas Top 10 list and placed 23rd on the Rivals100 squad, according to Rivals.com.

 

Scout.com also regarded him as a five-star prospect and rated him the best strong-side linebacker in the high school ranks. As a sophomore, Brown registered 154 tackles (111 solos) and seven sacks at linebacker in 2005, but also rushed for 462 yards at fullback.

The Parade, USA Today and EA Sports All-American recorded 132 tackles with twelve sacks as a junior. In both of those seasons, he earned first-team Class 6A All-State honors and as a junior, he was named to the Wichita Eagles “Second 11” All-State Team.

 

Brown followed with 151 tackles, ten sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown, despite missing two games with an injury during his final campaign. He had attended the 2006 Oklahoma summer camp, where he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.47 seconds, as the Sooners coaches felt he was the most impressive prospect to attend the camp. He was also was very impressive at the 2007 U.S. Army Combine and would later play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

 

Even though his brother, Bryce, was a running back at Kansas State before being selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Brown did not follow his sibling to Manhattan, Kansas. He was lured to Coral Gables, Florida by former Miami standout linebacker, Micheal Barrow and suited up for eleven games for the Hurricanes as a true freshman. Mostly playing on special teams, he was limited to four tackles in 2008.

 

As a sophomore, Brown was moved from weak-side linebacker to back up Darryl Sharpton in the middle for Miami. Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon decided on the move, saying he began flourishing in the new role toward the end of the 2008 season. “The last two weeks of the season he was phenomenal at middle linebacker on scout team. Like Ray Lewis, when he first got here he was outside and he wasn’t very good,” said Shannon.

 

Brown appeared in thirteen games, collecting thirteen tackles with a fumble recovery. After the 2009 season, he decided it was time to leave the Hurricanes program, and he later transferred to Kansas State, where he sat out the 2010 schedule under NCAA transfer rules. He said the major reason for his transfer was to see the field more regularly and it did not take long for him to make an impact at Kansas State.

 

In 2011, Brown quickly became the Wildcats’ most consistent force on the defensive side of the ball, earning All-American honorable mention and All-Big Twelve Conference first-team accolades. He led the team with 101 tackles (57 solos), becoming the first KSU defender to register over 100 tackles in a season since Brandon Archer had 106 in 2006. He also ranked second on the squad with 9.5 stops-for-loss that included two sacks.

 

Brown received All-American and All-Big Twelve Conference first-team honors as a senior, along with being named a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist and a Bednarik Award semi-finalist. The league’s coaches named him Big Twelve Defensive Player of the Year as he again paced the Wildcats with 100 tackles (65 solos) and had seven stops behind the line of scrimmage. He was the first Wildcat since Josh Buhl (135 in 2002 and 184 in 2003) to lead the team with 100 tackles in consecutive seasons.

 

Because of a late season shoulder injury, Brown declined an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl and was not given medical clearance to perform in agility tests at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. There were representatives of 24 teams at Kansas State’s Pro Day and Brown did not disappoint. “I’ve been preparing for this day for the past month,” Brown said. “I was ready.”

 

Brown quickly put to rest any concerns about his shoulder injury, recording 21 reps in the 225-pound bench press drill. He was timed at 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash, ran 4.31 in the 20-yard shuttle and 7.07 seconds in the three-cone drill. Showing off his leaping ability, he posted a 9-8 broad jump along with a 32 ½-inch vertical jump. After that workout, Brown stated matter-of-factly, “I felt good and I am confident that the scouts and coaches who were there watching got a fair evaluation of what I can do.”

 

CAREER NOTES

Brown began his career at the University of Miami, where he appeared in 24 games as a reserve, finishing with seventeen tackles (10 solos), an assisted stop-for-loss and a fumble recovery before transferring to Kansas State…Settled in at middle linebacker, starting all 26 games he appeared in for the Wildcats, leading the team in tackles both seasons to finish with 201 hits (122 solos) that included three sacks for minus 14 yards and 16.5 stops for losses totaling 46 yards…Recovered one fumble, deflected six passes and gained 47 yards from three interceptions at KSU.

 

2012 SEASON

An All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the Football Writers Association of America, Brown received second-team honors from Walter Camp and the Associated Press…The Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist was also a Bednarik Award semi-finalist…Named All-Big Twelve Conference first-team, the Wildcats middle linebacker was selected the Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches…Was also on the watch lists for the Nagurski, Butkus, Lombardi and Walter Camp Awards…Became the first KSU player since Josh Buhl (135 in 2002; 184 in 2003) to lead the team with at least 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons, posting 100 hits (65 solos), an 8-yard sack, seven stops for losses of 20 yards and one QB pressure in thirteen starting assignments…Also recovered a fumble, deflected four passes and intercepted two others for 37 yards in returns, as he led a unit that ranked second in the league and 20th nationally in run defense (126.85 ypg)…In the season opener vs. Missouri State, he finished with five stops, including one for a loss, and two pass break ups…Facing his former team, he was dominant, leading the team with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery vs. Miami and followed with a career-high with 13 tackles vs. North Texas, despite not playing an entire series…Led team with eight stops vs. Oklahoma and posted five tackles, including one for a loss vs. Kansas…Came away with six stops vs. Iowa State and vs. West Virginia, he earned Big Twelve Defensive Player of the Week honors after carding eight tackles, including two for a loss, while he became the first player in 2012 to pick off QB Geno Smith after a then-NCAA record-setting 273 straight attempts without an interception (as a junior, he was also the first player in 2011 to pick off Robert Griffin III after the Baylor QB had 110 attempts without an interception)…Tallied five tackles and his second interception of the year, which he returned 37 yards for his first career touchdown vs. Texas Tech…In the Oklahoma State clash, he registered seven tackles and vs. Baylor, he registered eleven tackles, including a career-high-tying nine solo stops…Came back with another 11 tackles to lead the team vs. Texas…Closed out his career posting nine tackles (7 solos), including one for a loss vs. Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Brown was named All-American third-team by The NFL Draft Report and received honor-able mention from Sports Illustrated…First-team All-Big Twelve Conference selection by the league’s coaches, Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Rivals.com…Also chosen the Big Twelve’s Defensive Newcomer of the Year by the league’s coaches, Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and ESPN.com…Semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award and was named to the watch lists for the Nagurski and Butkus Awards…Recorded a team-leading 101 tackles (57 solos) with two sacks and 9.5 stops for losses of 26 yards, becoming the first Wildcat to reach the 100-tackle mark since Brandon Archer in 2006, as he finished eighth in the league in total tackles…Added an interception and two pass break-ups…Led the team with seven tackles in the season opener vs. Eastern Kentucky, including a half sack, and came back with a career-high 12 tackles, including a two stops for loss vs. Kent State…Registered six tackles at Miami and led the team with eight tackles, including 1.5 sacks, vs. Baylor, as Brown recorded the first interception of the year on Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III, which led to the game-winning field goal. It was the only second-half interception thrown by Griffin III all year, as Brown earned Big Twelve Defensive Player of the Week honors following the game vs. BU…Tallied at least five tackles in each of the final nine games, including a career-high tying 12 vs. Iowa State, including setting a new career best in solo tackles vs. the Cyclones with nine…Made six tackles, including two for losses, in the Cotton Bowl vs. Arkansas.

 

2010 SEASON

Brown sat out the year under NCAA transfer rules, joining the Wildcats after two seasons at the University of Miami.

 

 

2009 SEASON

Brown played in all thirteen games for the Miami Hurricanes, where he was moved to middle linebacker from weak-side linebacker before the season, backing up Darryl Sharpton…Registered thirteen tackles (8 solos), including a half tackle for loss and recovered one fumble…Had three stops at South Florida and two tackles vs. both Florida A&M and Central Florida…Recovered fumble came at Wake Forest.

 

2008 SEASON

Brown appeared in eleven games as a weak-side outside linebacker for Miami, but managed just four tackles (2 solos) as a true freshman.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Brown missed the Senior Bowl and did not perform in the agility tests at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a lingering shoulder injury, but was fully recovered by Kansas State’s March 13th Pro Day to perform for teams then.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.58 in the 40-yard dash…1.61 10-yard dash…2.69 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…

7.07 three-cone drill…32 ½-inch vertical jump…9’8” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times…32 ½-inch arm length…10-inch hands…77 7/8-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Brown attended Wichita (Kan.) East High School, playing football for head coach Brian Byers…The five-star prospect was rated the second-best outside linebacker in the country, the top player on the Kansas Top 10 list and placed 23rd on the Rivals100 squad, according to Rivals.com…Scout.com regarded him as a five-star prospect and rated him the best strong-side linebacker in the high school ranks…As a sophomore, Brown made 154 tackles (111 solos) and seven sacks at linebacker in 2005, but also rushed for 462 yards at fullback…The Parade, USA Today and EA Sports All-American recorded 132 tackles with twelve sacks as a junior…In both of those seasons, he earned first-team Class 6A All-State honors and as a junior, he was named to the Wichita Eagles “Second 11” All-State Team…Followed with 151 tackles, ten sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown, despite missing two games with an injury during his final campaign…

Attended the 2006 Oklahoma summer camp, where he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.47 seconds, as the Sooners coaches felt he was the most impressive prospect to attend the camp…Was also was very impressive at the 2007 U.S. Army Combine and would later play in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Graduated with a 3.0 grade point average.

 

PERSONAL

Social Sciences major…Brother, Bryce, was a running back at Kansas State and is presently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles after being selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft…Son of Leionnie and Arthur Brown…Born 6/17/90 in Wichita, Kansas.

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 11 00 004 002 002  00  00  00  00.0-00   00  0.0-00    00
2010 13 00 013 008 005  01  00  00  00.5-01   00  0.0-00    00
2011 13 13 101 057 044  00  00  01  09.5-26   02  2.0-06    01
2012 13 13 100 065 035  01  00  04  07.0-20   04  1.0-08    00
TOTAL 26 26 201 122 079  01  00  05  16.5-46   06  3.0-14    01
Above statistics are for Kansas State University career
TOTAL 24 00 017 010 007  01  00  00  00.5-01   00  0.0-00    00
Above statistics are for University of Miami career
TOTAL 50 26 218 132 086  02  00  05  17.0-47   06  3.0-14    01
Above statistics are for complete college career

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2011  01        10 10.00  00    10
2012  02        37 18.50  01    37
TOTAL  03        47 15.67  01    37

 

BROWN GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

Pres

Kansas State University

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Missouri St. 09/01/12 Missouri St. 51-9

Yes

0

0

0

0

5

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

Miami (FL) 09/08/12 Miami (FL) 52-13

Yes

0

0

0

3

7

0

2

10

0

1

8

0

0

North Texas 09/15/12 North Texas 35-21

Yes

0

0

0

8

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 09/22/12 at Oklahoma 24-19

Yes

0

0

0

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas 10/06/12 Kansas 56-16

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

Iowa St. 10/13/12 at Iowa St. 27-21

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

West Virginia 10/20/12 at West Virginia 55-14

Yes

1

0

0

3

5

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/27/12 Texas Tech 55-24

Yes

1

37

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 11/03/12 Oklahoma St. 44-30

Yes

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TCU 11/10/12 at TCU 23-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 11/17/12 at Baylor 24-52

Yes

0

0

0

2

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas 12/01/12 Texas 42-24

Yes

0

0

0

4

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Oregon 01/03/13 Oregon 17-35

Yes

0

0

0

2

7

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

37

1

35

65

0

7

20

0

1

8

4

1

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

Pres

 Kansas State University

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Eastern Ky. 09/03/11 Eastern Ky. 10-7

Yes

0

0

0

6

1

1

0

2

1

0

2

0

0

Kent St. 09/17/11 Kent St. 37-0

Yes

0

0

0

7

5

0

2

11

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 09/24/11 at Miami (FL) 28-24

Yes

0

0

0

1

5

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Baylor 10/01/11 Baylor 36-35

Yes

1

10

0

3

5

1

1

4

1

1

4

0

0

Missouri 10/08/11 Missouri 24-17

Yes

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas Tech 10/15/11 at Texas Tech 41-34

Yes

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kansas 10/22/11 at Kansas 59-21

Yes

0

0

0

3

5

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 10/29/11 Oklahoma 17-58

Yes

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma St. 11/05/11 at Oklahoma St. 45-52

Yes

0

0

0

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 11/12/11 Texas A&M 53-50

Yes

0

0

0

2

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas 11/19/11 at Texas 17-13

Yes

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Iowa St. 12/03/11 Iowa St. 30-23

Yes

0

0

0

3

9

0

2

3

0

0

0

2

0

Arkansas 01/06/12 Arkansas 16-29

Yes

0

0

0

3

3

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

1

10

0

44

57

5

7

26

2

1

6

2

0

 

 

2009 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

University of Miami

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Florida St. 09/07/09 at Florida St. 38-34

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 09/17/09 Georgia Tech 33-17

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

Virginia Tech 09/26/09 at Virginia Tech 7-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 10/03/09 Oklahoma 21-20

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

Florida A&M 10/10/09 Florida A&M 48-16

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

UCF 10/17/09 at UCF 27-7

Yes

0

2

0

0

0

Clemson 10/24/09 Clemson 37-40

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

Wake Forest 10/31/09 at Wake Forest 28-27

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia 11/07/09 Virginia 52-17

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

North Carolina 11/14/09 at North Carolina 24-33

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

Duke 11/21/09 Duke 34-16

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

South Fla. 11/28/09 at South Fla. 31-10

Yes

3

0

1

0

1

Wisconsin 12/29/09 at Wisconsin 14-20

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

5

8

1

0

1

 

2008 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

University of Miami

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Charleston So. 08/28/08 Charleston So. 52-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 09/06/08 at Florida 3-26

No

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 09/20/08 at Texas A&M 41-23

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

North Carolina 09/27/08 North Carolina 24-28

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 10/04/08 Florida St. 39-41

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

UCF 10/11/08 UCF 20-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Duke 10/18/08 at Duke 49-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Wake Forest 10/25/08 Wake Forest 16-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia 11/01/08 at Virginia 24-17

No

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia Tech 11/13/08 Virginia Tech 16-14

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

Georgia Tech 11/20/08 at Georgia Tech 23-41

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

North Carolina St. 11/29/08 at North Carolina St. 28-38

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

California 12/27/08 California 17-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

2

0

0

0

 

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