South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said he needed people to step up and make plays. A few Gamecock players have taken that challenge and acted upon it. Despite losing their last two SEC games a few players have emerged for Spurrier to brighten the future for the Gamecocks.
One of those players is redshirt freshman wide receiver Freddie Brown. Brown, a standout at Byrnes High School in Duncan, has come on strong as of late for the Gamecocks. SCPrepNation.com was in attendance of their game last week versus Arkansas and Brown made some very tough catches down the stretch as USC tried to come back to pull the upset. Brown ended up with 4 catches for 50 yards against the Razorbacks but his ability to make some clutch catches on third down and long opened up some eyes. While most defensive backfields key on Sidney Rice and Kenny McKinley it appears Brown is making his case for more playing time for coach Spurrier's team.
Saturday against the Florida Gators in "The Swamp" Spurrier's Gamecocks had the home team on the ropes for most of the game but a blocked extra point and field goal left the Gamecocks reeling from a disappointing 17-16 loss. Brown again stepped up when he had to make plays and caught four passes for 37 yards. In fact, late in the game facing 3rd down and 17 yards quarterback Blake Mitchell hit Brown for an 8 yard gain to set up the potential game winning field goal. It was there that 6'6 Jarvis Moss of the Gators skied high for the block of kicker Ryan Sucop's 48 yard field goal attempt helping #6 Florida narrowly escape with a win.
At 6'3 200 pounds Brown has good size and has slowly started to show the talent that many saw in him during his career at Jay M. Robinson High School in North Carolina and later on as a senior for Byrnes. Look for Brown to continue to improve as his best days are clearly ahead of him in Columbia playing in coach Spurrier's offensive system.
-Freddie's father Freddie II is currently the head football coach at Woodruff High School after a long tenure as Wofford College's running backs coach
-Freddie is a standout basketball player having earned all-state honors in North Carolina and South Carolina
-Brown may suit up for coach Dave Odom on the basketball team as well as a three point specialist
-Has measured a 40 inch vertical