September 1, 2010

2010 Breakout Player: RB, Malcolm Brown

It is difficult enough for any incoming plebe to transition into West Point. But add to that trying to endure Division I football practice in the process, and it can push a young man to both his mental and physical limits.

Like most incoming freshmen last season, it was the time in which making your mark early was important, because you were trying to impress a new staff, who in essence did not recruit you out of high school.

One of those players was slot back Malcolm Brown out of Bay Shore, N.Y.

The 5-foot-11, 180 sophomore looked relatively impressive during the 2009 summer training camp and made the 3-deep. However, Brown suffered an ankle injury that set him back as the 2009 season kicked off.

Upon his return, he played in six contest, and started in five of those.

But during his time on the field, Brown was developing a reputation of running tentatively, albeit coming off of an ankle injury that may not have had him at 100%. But at this level, it still comes down to productivity and that is what will be expected of Brown in 2010 as he earned the starting slotback spot opposite Patrick Mealy.

GoBlackKnights.com takes another look at the forth of our six part series of potential 2010 Breakout Players, as we feature Malcolm Brown .

Why He'll Breakout:

Dusting off his plebe year wasn't a difficult task for the gifted running back. Not to suggest that the building blocks of his first year has not benefited his sophomore maturity. But by all accounts, Brown is a hungry back who wants to show the fans that he is the breakaway runner that is needed in the triple option. Last season his longest run from scrimmage was 11 yards and Brown himself knows that is not good enough if he wants to be a legitimate threat on the field.

As a whole, Brown has been improving and has made great strides since his plebe year. He quietly goes about his business and gets his work done when it is time to train. Within the last few months, he has taken it upon himself to increase the amount of weight on the bar, which has helped him out greatly and shows his willingness to work in order to improve his performance.


What He's Capable Of:

As far as the running backs go, the New York product had the 2nd fastest flying 20 time (1.97) and had the 3rd fastest pro agility time (4.28) - Mealy had a 4.24 and Jared Hassin had a 4.22.

And it is that talent that the staff is hoping will translate to big plays and on a consistent basis.

What Could Stand in His Way:

If he reverts back to his style (tentative) style of play that he displayed last season, fellow sophomore Brian Cobbs is eager to take advantage of any given opportunity for game reps. Brown must come out of the gate strong and with a mission. Some players flourish during the sophomore campaign, while others seem to catch a bad case of the "sophomore jinx". Clearly the Army fans are hoping for the former results when it comes to Brown's 2010 performance.

Prediction:

During summer training camp, Brown has been is a little more consistent than his two counterparts and has quality upside. "Brown is one of the best football players on the team … he's a good football player," declares the offensive coordinator Ian Shields.

Look for the swift back to take his game to the next level, leaving some of the Army faithful looking for more each campaign. The addition of Hassin at B-Back, a more seasoned offensive line and continuous development and decision making of Trent Steelman at quarterback offer a great opportunity of young Mr. Brown to make some big noise this season. Brown could finish this season with 500 yards plus on his resume, which would be a great compliment to the production of the other backs around him and lighten the burden of Steelman.

Stay tuned as GoBlackKnights.com features our next Breakout Player for 2010.


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