November 23, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Roderick Brown

Roderick Brown is a very versatile defensive lineman who starts at defensive tackle for North Forney High School. I can’t say enough positive things about how this man plays football. He has very active and strong hands and displays amazing speed and pursuit for his size (6’1′ 265lbs). Other skills that make Roderick so good are: his ability to get off the ball extremely quick, his ability to shed blocks, his pure strength when pushing opposing lineman, and maybe most import is that he is a sure tackler. Honestly, he reminds me of Aaron Donald on the defensive line. If he is anything like Aaron, expect huge things from this young man in the future.

How long have you been playing football?

I’ve been playing football since I was three.

How was last season?

I feel like last season was good, we could have done better. We had some mistakes and were not able to capitalize on everything. But, it was a good year coming off of the 2018 season.

What kind of expectations do you have for this year?

I feel like we have a great team this year. We should be able to compete with any other team. We have a lot of guys with varsity experience, so I feel like we can go undefeated in district.

Any specific goals for yourself?

This year I am trying to aim for double digit sacks, 20-30 tackles for loss, and about 60-80 total tackles.

Where do you prefer to play on the defensive line?

I feel more comfortable in the three-technique when we are in a four-down formation. When we are in the three-down lineup, I prefer playing at end. I feel like no offensive lineman can block me the whole game 1-on-1.

Who do you try to model your game after?

I try to model myself after Aaron Donald.

What would you say is one of your biggest accomplishments on the field so far?

Being able to learn how to control an o-lineman.

Where could you improve your game the most?

Definitely my endurance.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to watch football at all levels, for scouting and just because I enjoy it.

How often do you watch film?

I like to watch film everyday, especially our film so I can see where I need to improve.

Do you play any other sports?

I do the field part of Track and Field.

How have you been staying in shape?

Because of the county we are in, we were allowed to go to gyms. I also had a buddy who had a gym set in his garage and i was able to go there. I also ran some hills and did pool work and stuff like that.

What do you love the most about playing football?

I just love the adrenaline rush when you walk onto the field.

How do you get ready for a game?

I like to separate myself, think about my job in the game and I just listen to music.

How would you describe yourself as a player and a teammate?

I feel like I am very violent and explosive on the field. As a teammate, I may not be one of our best leaders but I consider myself a great teammate.

What motivates you to play?

Just the love I have for the game.