Blue chip chat: Ron Brown, University Prep


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DATA

Year: Senior

Height: 5-9

Weight: 150

Pos.“ QB

THE SCOOP

Aside from Brett Brumbaugh, no high school football player in the area threw for more yards last season than Brown (who played in six fewer games than the South Fayette star). In a high-powered, fast-paced offense, Brown passed for 3,401 yards and 43 touchdowns, the latter of which was the most for any player in the WPIAL or City League. He led University Prep to a City League championship and a spot in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs with an offense that averaged the most points per game of any City League team since Perry in 2003.

COLLEGE TALK

Recruitment for Brown has been light heading into his senior season, but he did say that Waynesburg has shown some interest.

OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS

Do you feel like you all are the favorites in the City League again? Yeah, I think it’s going to be pretty tough between us and Allderdice.

Even with your big numbers, do you think sometimes you get overlooked sometimes because people see you as a product of a system? Yeah, a lot.

Does that upset you at all? Just a little.

What defines you as a player? My dedication and my work toward the game. I love it as much as everyone else, probably even more.

You lost one of your key targets from last year in Marcus Johnson. Do you have a good deal of confidence in the receivers you all have coming back? Most of our guys this year played last year, so they have an idea of what they’re looking for and going after.

Is there any particular quarterback you emulate? As of right now, not really. Just myself. I play how I play.

Do you have any passing numbers in mind you’re hoping to reach? I’m trying to go for at least 3,000 yards passing, 35 touchdowns and about 15 rushing touchdowns.

What do you think makes your offensive system so effective? Our tempo is always an issue. We get right on the ball and we make defenses tired. We’re in shape and come the second quarter, they’ll be all tired and we still have energy. We just keep it moving.

Have you taken the ice-bucket challenge yet? No, but actually I think I might at [training] camp. Someone at a sports-performance place challenged our whole team.

Have you challenged anyone? I think I’m going to challenge another team at our school. My dad already did it, and the coach from New Castle [Joe Cowart] already did after our scrimmage Saturday.

AND FINALLY

People would be surprised to know what about you? This year, I’m going to run a lot more and try to get my rushing yards up.

If you got a free plane ticket to go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Florida.


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