Brown Trying to Make Way Up Depth Chart

Bryce Brown

Aug. 8, 2011

By Mark Janssen – K-State Sports Extra

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Bryce Brown said he has talked with his boss, and all is OK as Kansas State enters its 2011 fall camp.

“I’ve spoken to Coach (Bill) Snyder and we’re moving forward, continuing to get ready for the season,” said the sophomore, who packs 220 pounds on his rock-solid 6-foot-0 frame. “Coach is a great leader. I want no one else leading me. He strives to make you a better person on and off the field. I would not want to be guided by any other leader than Coach Snyder.”

Brown, a member of the preseason All-Big 12 team in a vote by the media, will spend the coming days and weeks weaving his way up the depth chart.

“There are no options right now, so yes, the work ethic of this team has improved,” Snyder said. “It has improved immensely.”

To that, Brown, who was a member of the scout team in 2010, said, “I’m very excited to get back on the field. I missed being out on the field. Having that taken away from me for a year made me appreciate the game more.”

On not being high on the depth chart, Brown said, “I don’t pay any attention to that. My job from today on is to work hard and help this institution and this team. I’m going to get better every day and you’ll find out that I’m a competitor.”

Brown demonstrated that in his 2009 freshman season for the Tennessee Volunteers where he rushed for 460 yards on 101 carries, plus caught 10 passes for 137 yards. His season highs included 104 rushing yards against Western Kentucky and 60 receiving yards against Florida.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Tennessee. Once the coaching change transpired, we made the family decision to transfer. It was then always about coming to K-State to play for Coach Snyder.”

That family decision included his older brother, Arthur, transferring from the University of Miami where he played as a linebacker in 2008 and 2009, but is now inked in as a Wildcat starter at middle linebacker.

“I really enjoy going against him in drills because it only makes you better,” said Bryce. “He’s the best linebacker in the country that only makes you better.

“Speed is my game. I like being the fastest guy on the field,” said the younger Brown, who has been clocked in the high-4.3s. “But the same is true with Arthur. When he’s on the field he wants to be the fastest linebacker in the nation. He never gives up on plays, so I hope we’re making each other better players.”

ROSTER NOTES: Unusual to this year’s roster are a trio of brother combinations: Quarterback Collin Klein and defensive end Kyle Klein; kickers Anthony and Jack Cantele; and, linebacker Arthur Brown and running back Bryce Brown.

At 6-foot-8, TE Andre McDonald, DT Darryl Blackmon, OT Zach Hanson and OL Cornelius Lucas are the tallest Wildcats, while at 337 pounds, Shaun Simon is the heaviest Wildcat.

At 5-4, RB Robert Rose is the shortest Wildcat, while WR Stephen Johnson is the lightest ‘Cat at 143 pounds.

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