October 17, 2006

Rebel commitment dealing with injuries

One Ole Miss Commitment has gone through a season of change. After leading his team to the Class 3A state championship game last fall, Charleston's Johnny Brown has been hampered by injuries and a change of fortunes for his Tiger team.

The Tigers are 5-3 on the year and must win their conference finale against McClain to be able to make the state playoffs.

"It's been a different year, that's for sure," Brown said Sunday. "I got a thigh contusion early and then sprained my ankle; it's been a tough season so far."

Brown and his Tigers aren't giving up and the battle through injuries has taught the talented athlete a fall lesson.

"I have learned to deal with adversity," Brown said. "I have never got injured much before this year, it's been crazy. We aren't giving up, our goal is to win our next two ballgames and make a solid run in the playoffs."

One thing that Brown has done this fall is keep up with his future team, the Ole Miss Rebels.

"They are doing much better," Brown said. "They are playing a lot of young guys; you can tell they are getting better every week. I'm excited about what's going on there; I can't wait to be a part of it."

Brown is also very excited about his decision on committing to Ole Miss.

"It was an easy decision for me," Brown said. "Ole Miss is a great school, close to home and the football program is headed in the right direction under coach (Ed) Orgeron. It's the type program that I wanted to be a part of. I'm very solid on my pledge to the Rebels."

Brown has a lot of friends that attend Ole Miss and his brother is a University police officer in Oxford.

Brown is now focusing on improving his grades and focusing on being prepared for an academic as well as an athletic career at Ole Miss.

"I have already scored a 17 on the ACT," Brown said. "I'm just working on making sure I stay focused on my grades and improve them in whatever way I can."

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