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Brown, Liberty QB have similarities

September 1, 2009
By JOHN WICKLINE, Staff Writer

Jarrett Brown and Liberty University's Mike Brown have a lot more in common than just their last names.

Both are quarterbacks by trade, but had to be the quarterback-in-waiting as someone with more experience at the position stood in front of them.

And both were forced to play other positions while biding their time.

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NEW?LEADER?— West Virginia?quarterback Jarrett Brown runs a play in practice during the preseason.

While West Virginia's Brown has finally received the full-time opportunity this fall, Liberty's Brown must still play the waiting game behind South Carolina transfer Tommy Beecher. He will, however, see time at running back and wide receiver this season.

"Tommy's a real good teacher," Mike Brown said. "He's teaching me a lot of things I didn't know. It's going to help me out in the long run."

Mike Brown saw some action as a freshman quarterback during the 10-2 season a year ago, completing two of four passes for 25 yards. But he helped the Flames to a Big South title by running for 142 yards and two touchdowns and catching 19 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown.

Jarrett Brown saw action as a short-yardage running back last year during his time in backing up all-everything Pat White, now graduated to the National Football League. Jarrett Brown said it's time to "take charge" and make the Mountaineers his team. Jarrett Brown played in nine games as a junior, completing 22 of 30 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown.

He also ran for 168 yards in those games.

"It's a one-year era," Jarrett Brown said. "I am a totally different style. I've got a different swagger in the offense."

Liberty coach Danny Rocco spent the summer compiling film clips of Jarrett Brown action, and he saw a quarterback who could give his defense fits on Saturday.

"I see a very gifted athlete," Rocco said. "His ability to break tackles is a concern to us. He is capable of running that offense at a high level."

Saturday's game at Mountaineer Field, which kicks off at noon, won't be the first time Jarrett Brown has run on to the turf as a starting quarterback for West Virginia. He did fill in for an injured White on a handful of occasions, including a 2006 game against No. 13 Rutgers in which he threw for 244 yards in a 41-39 triple-overtime victory. But it will be the first time he has led "his team" on to the field.

"I think I've been patient," he said. "But now it's like I'm impatient. It's all here now, and I'm ready. It has been a long (four years), but it got here fast. I cannot believe it's here now. I'm excited."



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