With Tony Brown already back from his suspension woes, the defensive backfield and special teams play for Alabama has received a major boost. Even though Brown has not played for over 10 months, as a junior, he was a special teams’ gunner and a backup star as well as cornerback in the secondary. The 5-star player’s last game was in December 2015 in the SEC Championship Game. With NCAA football odds reflecting his return, Brown can only feel contented for serving a four-game suspension this season, along with a two-game suspension for college Football Playoff games.
On Monday, Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide Coach announced that both Tony Brown and Johnny Dwight, the backup defensive lineman are cleared to play in their next game after serving their suspensions. Saban said Brown should stay positive even though the junior from Beaumont, Texas would face a hard time polishing his game. He added that the defensive backfield player has been an exceptional special teams player and the first thing to do is to assess his performance in those positions to strengthen the team.
According to Saban, Brown still has the knack to play better than before even with the fact that during the finals of the 110-meter hurdles in the NCAA Championships, he finished sixth. The coach articulated that he advised Brown to work on building trust in his coaches and teammates first to help in reviving their bond. As such, it will create some competition between the defensive back player and some of his teammates playing in similar positions.
With his return, most of Brown’s teammates have already developed some sense of trust to welcome him back to the squad. Furthermore, even though he could not travel to various games, Brown has attended all practice sessions, which has helped in solidifying his presence in the squad.
Receiver Calvin Ridley appeared delighted when asked the departure of Brown from the scout team. According to Ridley, Brown looks hungrier than ever before because he has watched him go hard on nearly all plays even with the fact that he was not eligible to play in their previous game. Such an attitude has improved his playing skills, which he has worked on tirelessly to play hard in the subsequent games, says Ridley.
As stated by Minkah Fitzpatrick in excitement, Brown already looks pumped and his return has made all coaches and co-players happy to see him fully back since he has a lot to offer for the Crimson Tide with his exceptional energy levels. The entire team is excited to have Brown out there because he adds some gravity to the secondary.
Ridley added that Brown also brings humor to the Crimson Tide, as he focuses on cracking up his teammates and coaches to keep everyone happy. In a bid to clear the air about their speeds, the ultra-competitive Ridley admitted that he is slower than Brown.
Brown also received a boost from linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton who declared that the defensive backfield player has been involved in several big plays for Alabama. His return gives him an opportunity to garner more of such plays because even his mindset during practice has not changed and fans will expect a lot from his exceptional plays this weekend.