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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Alex Brown, OG, Stetson University

Alex Brown Stetson
Alex Brown is a veteran leader on Stetson University’s offensive line. He was also recently named a nominee for the William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman). He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
My time here at Stetson has been a great experience. We have a great campus and I’ve enjoyed my time here very much. I am an International Business major with a Sales minor. I have volunteered with the team to help support the MeStrong Run here in Deland, FL giving out water and cheering for the competitors. I’ve also been looking at getting into the International Sales Competition.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
Work Ethic. I may not be the most physically gifted guy on the field, but I am always putting in hard work and I believe that hard work is what sets me apart. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I see myself as one of the leaders of the offense. I am a 2 year starter going into my senior season and am a team captain. I try my best to keep everyone in line and reinforce our culture, while representing the team as best that I can on and off the field.

I like zone and gap scheme runs. I’m probably stronger in the run than the pass. I start at RG, but I have also played LG and RT.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Bryce Perry-Martin was a 3-tech at Davidson that had the same intensity with every snap. He was quick with his hands and feet and fast off the ball. 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Ferman Reid. He is also one of the team captains and a guy I respect a lot. I face him every day, he’s freakishly strong and fast. I just know that I’m going to get better when I’m practicing against him.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My junior year of high school was a struggle because one of my teammates and friends passed away. He was a larger than life guy. Dealing with his loss was hard for the team. We all rallied around each other despite the tragedy and were able to go undefeated in our conference the following year.

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If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Lacrosse. I played lacrosse from 6th grade all the way through 12th grade. A lot of my family are also into the sport. I believe lacrosse helped with football, especially when it comes to footwork. It was also an intense contact sport with a lot of hitting that allowed me to have some fun in the off-season. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
Having the opportunity to play ball at a very prestigious academic institution is truly a blessing. Here in the Pioneer League, they don’t offer athletic scholarships so you have to shine in the classroom. Earning an academic scholarship here was huge. That’s something that I’m very proud of.

My biggest achievement to date has to be my nomination for the William V. Campbell Trophy (Academic Heisman). There have been a lot of great guys that have held that trophy, and I’m honored to be mentioned among them.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My most memorable moment has to be when we faced Drake my sophomore year. It was one of my biggest road games as a starter. The game was very tight. Drake took the lead with little time remaining on the clock. After we got the ball back,we drove the field and on the last play our QB threw a slant over the middle to the receiver who took the ball down to the goal line. He had fumbled the ball which seemingly doomed our victory, but miraculously another one of our receivers was able to recover the ball and score the winning touchdown. Everyone just went crazy after that.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
My favorite team is the Tennessee Titans. Taylor Lewan is one of my favorite players. I definitely looked at some of his tape prior to me playing the Tackle position. As far as interior linemen, I try to model my game after Quinton Nelson who’s extremely intense and the best at what he does.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
I’m an old country boy at heart who loves listening to guys like Waylon and Hank. Yet, before games I’m actually listening to guys like Three 6 Mafia and A$AP Ferg.

What is your favorite comfort food?
My Mom’s spaghetti. I enjoy eating it so much that it’s probably the reason why I play offensive line instead of catching touchdown passes.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?
Red Dawn is my favorite movie of all time, I remember watching it as a kid and just loving it. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my favorite actors and a lot of his movies are favorites of mine. 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
Other than football and lifting, I enjoy being outdoors. I love hunting and fishing and spend a majority of my free time doing that. 

Who or what motivates you the most?
Family and Faith. My family has always been there to support me and encourage me with everything that I do. My Dad was one of my biggest motivators for playing football and I’m grateful for that. My faith in God motivates me to be the person and player that I am. Being a man of integrity is important to me on and off the field. 

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