Brown Likes 'Fit' at WR

Brown Likes 'Fit' at WR

The biggest position change of the spring season has been the return of Lamark Brown from running back ‘back' to wide receiver. Now, who does that leave to run the ball?

Lamark Brown said he "... just like the fit." There was more of a comfort at wide receiver over running back.

"I missed being on the outside running down the field," said Brown. "I just felt I fit into the mold of a wide receiver more than a running back."

Brown said discussions of the return to receiver started with coach Ron Prince, and then were discussed with coach Bill Snyder during the individual get to know you conversations the new coach had with each returning Wildcat player.

"My policies haven't changed in that respect," Snyder said. "I wouldn't force a position change on a youngster. That's his decision to make. We try to counsel with him if indeed we think that would be in the best interest of the youngster and our football program, but at the end of the day, it becomes his decision to make."

And Brown's decision was to be a wide receiver.

Not enamored with the performances of Keithen Valentine and Logan Dold during the early portion of the 2008 season, Prince had receivers to spare, so moved the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Brown to the backfield.

There was moderate success with Brown starting six games and rushing for a team-high 412 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and five touchdowns.

In addition, Brown caught 24 passes for the total season for 178 yards and a touchdown.

"I enjoyed it. I have fun, but I'm also my own toughest critic and I never think I'm doing good enough in anything I do," said Brown, a product of Hazelwood West High in Hazelwood, Mo. "I just felt like my body type really didn't fit into the college running back mold," Brown said. "Talking to coach Snyder about everything, we felt like that would probably be the best thing for me to do."

As a prepster, Brown did it all rushing for 584 yards, catching passes for 51 yards and returning kickoffs at a 33.0-yard average in his senior year.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,249 yards 921 TDs) with 103 yards in receiving.

Brandon Banks, the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year, returns as K-State's go-to receiving target, with Brown hoping to be the primary weapon on the opposite side of the field.

"Brandon is so good at what he does, and I hope I can produce like he does with my qualities," said Brown, who is a half-foot taller and 50-some pounds heavier. "I think we can be tough to deal with."

While names like Adrian Hilburn, Aubrey Quarles and Attrail Snipes will supply ample depth as wide-outs, the high-level concern is the quality, and certainly the depth, at running back.

Dold (6-0, 207, Soph) started three games last year totaling 336 yards and three touchdowns, while Valentine (5-8, 193, Sr) had three starts and produced 129 yards and one score.

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