|23 Desi Brown|
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Pirates Dodge Weather, Use Shell Workout To Finish Scrimmage Preparations
Pirates Back In Full Pads, Continue Drills
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Start Of Spring Practice
Kickoff Set for 2:00 p.m. Against Marshall At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
An athletic multi-purpose standout who opened his career as a member of the secondary at strong safety before move to inside linebacker in 2013 ... Completed spring work listed on the depth chart as a top reserve at the "mike" slot behind Zeek Bigger and could also contribute significantly on special teams for a fourth consecutive season ... In fact, 12 of 13 career stops have come as a member of the kickoff and punt coverage unit ... Originally signed as a quarterback, but the aforementioned versatility enabled a smooth transition to the defensive side of the ball ... Has appeared in 25 career games and booked multiple stops on four occasions ... Closed out spring scrimmage play by logging a tackle during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Development in strength and conditioning program has risen each year ... Produced lifts of 340 pounds (bench), 545 (back squat) and 300 (power clean) during spring testing ... Flexibility rating of 14.5 ranks among best in the program, while vertical jump (33.5"), broad jump (9'8") and pro shuttle time (4.08) stand among linebacker leaders.
2013: Played a vital role as a member of special teams unit and also experienced action in a reserve linebacking role at the "buck" inside position ... In all, appeared in 11 games off the bench ... Recorded a pair of assisted stops, both coming against Virginia Tech as a member of special teams unit (kickoff and punt) ... Opened spring drills in the secondary, but made full-time move to the front seven after the first week.
2012: Played in 10 games and made first career start at strong safety against North Carolina ... Posted one tackle (solo) on a rush play against Tar Heels ... Ranked second on the team with nine special teams tackles, all occurring on kickoff coverage ... Recorded a career-best three stops at Tulane as a member of the special teams unit ... Other multiple-tackle efforts came against Memphis (2) and Navy (2).
2011: Experienced action as a member of the special teams against UAB, North Carolina, Houston and Memphis ... Booked first career tackle, and only of the season, against UAB by dragging down D.J. Vinson on a second quarter kickoff return.
2010: Served as a scout team member while redshirting during initial season in the Pirate program ... Officially signed with East Carolina in February.
High School: Scored the game-winning touchdown as a senior in Webster Groves' Class 5 Missouri State Football Championship victory over Fort Osage ... Helped the Statesmen finish with a flawless 13-0 mark and first state title since 2002 ... Described as a "pro-style" passing quarterback with a strong and accurate arm ... In a three-quarterback rotation at Webster Groves, rushed 87 times for 557 yards and seven touchdowns ... Added 119 yards passing and one touchdown ... Threw for more than 900 yards and 11 touchdowns, while rushing for 550 yards and seven additional scores as a junior at South Stanly High School in Norwood, N.C., before move to Missouri ... Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds during testing combine ... A standout basketball player at South Stanly who averaged 14 points per game as a junior ... Also excelled at track at SSHS, placing sixth at the 2009 state meet in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles ... In all, earned 12 varsity letters during his prep career.
Personal: Full name is Desmond Devon Alexander Brown ... Born April 17, 1992 at Albemarle, N.C. ... Major is information technologies.