WATCH: Savion Brown Shutting Down CB Position For Ragin’ Cajuns
Savion Brown is massive. He's bigger than some of the receivers he guards, and the expectations for Brown are even bigger heading into 2016.
The Ragin' Cajuns are relying on Brown to lock down one of the cornerback positions. At 6'2" and around 220 pounds, Brown is an impressive athlete. Last year, he figured out how to play his position on the fly. This year, he feels confident and comfortable.
"The game is way slower to me now," Brown said with a big smile. He added, "I can look at the offense and know exactly what they're going to run."
He gives a lot of credit to his coaching staff, and most of the results are coming from the work in the classroom.
Brown is part of a defensive backfield that is getting a boost in talent everywhere. Simeon Thomas is his counterpart at corner, and he checks in at 6'3" and over 200 lbs. All the safeties are around six feet tall and over 200 lbs too. They're big, mean and hungry to change the landscape of the defense from the defensive backfield.
"We play with some attitude, but I honestly think I'm the one that has an attitude," Brown admitted. "Most people don't see it on the field though. I'm the DB that's like, 'Hey man, it's time to go.' I'm the one who is hollering and trying to get the guys right."
If you go to practice, you hear Brown. You also see the way his teammates respond to him. He sparked one of the early "fights" at fall camp, but it produced healthy energy. Head Coach Mark Hudspeth calls it juice.
Brown keeps the juice flowing. He wants to create turnovers, and he's been working on reading the offense and trying to predict where the quarterback is going to throw. He was picked preseason All-Conference in the Sun Belt, but he dismissed that honor immediately. He wants to prove his worth, not have it handed to him before the season.
In our 1-on-1 interview, Brown describes the attitude of the defense, specifically the secondary, his role as a primary piece of the puzzle for Defensive Coordinator Melvin Smith, and the tone heading into the 2016 season. We also spend some time getting to know Savion, who considers himself a bit of a comedian.