When you’re 18 years old seeing the world, or at least getting away from home, sounds like a pretty neat deal.
That’s what Arthur Brown thought coming out of Wichita East High School in 2008 when he was ranked as one of the elite players in the nation.
The Miami Hurricanes seemed like the perfect location, but the fit was never right. In two non-starting seasons for Brown, he was in on just 17 tackles with several of those coming on special teams.
Today, he says, “I have no second thoughts. Those were years that helped mold me to where I could make the most out of my days at Kansas State.”
When he left high school, he admits, “I loved my family, but I didn’t really know the value of family and staying connected to your life’s support.”
Now Brown is close to ‘his’ family, plus has found comfort in the K-State family as he prepares to play his old school for the second year in a row.
On Brown facing his former Miami team, coach Bill Snyder said, “We’ve told him that he can’t let that game become an all-consuming game for him.”
And as far as Brown’s personal game compared to last year, Snyder added, “There’s not a great deal of change. He works as hard as he can, he’s a principled young guy, he practices hard, and he’s very consistent. He may be better because of his experience.”
Known as the “Judge” on the K-State defense, Wildcat coordinator Tom Hayes says, “Arthur is a very good player who is very fast, very tough and very humble. He’s a young man who has prepared to be as good as he can be.”
Personally, Brown, who owns 4.6 40-speed, says, “I would like to be a guy who plays faster than what the clock says. I need to become more focused on technique and fundamentals to make the most of the speed that I have.”
While K-State sailed under the radar last year, Brown knows that won’t be the case in 2012 as the Wildcats go in nationally ranked.
“It goes back to focusing on things that we can control,” said Brown. “We did that last spring and this summer, but we have to continue not taking things for granted and just being the best team we can possibly be by each player playing his role.”
If Brown has tried to expand one personal role, it’s been in trying to be a more vocal leader. He admits that he doesn’t come by it naturally, but adds, “I’m not always going to be loud because that’s just not me, but I need to do a better job of picking my spots to encourage someone or correct someone. For me, there will be a time and a place to be vocal.”
Teammate Tre Walker laughs at his now chatty teammate: “He went from not speaking at all and always being to himself to now opening up and actually talking to you.”
While Brown’s focus is on these next 11 regular season games as a Wildcat, he understands that his play could possibly take him to that next level that plays on Sundays.
“It’s a goal to play in the NFL, but I don’t feel pressure. It’s not the time to think about it,” said Brown, whose brother, Bryce, was a seventh-round draft choice of Philadelphia and has made the Eagle’s 53-man roster as a running back.
“The draft is something I have no control over, so I just need to be the best college player that I can be.”