The sophomore has bounced back to make his last three field-goal attempts, including a college career-best 49-yarder Saturday at Miami, after missing twice against BYU. Brown was 2 of 8 on kicks of 40-plus yards before hitting his last two.
Q: When you were settling on a potential maximum range before the game Saturday, what did you feel comfortable with?
A: It varies each day, (with) what the wind conditions are, whether it’s hot or cold. I felt like I had a good amount of range on Saturday, just because in pregame I was hitting the ball well. I was feeling pretty good and we talked about it, and we said, “Yeah, I feel like I can hit some pretty long ones today.”
Q: Did you focus more on your longer-range field goals after last season?
A: I didn’t put a specific emphasis on it. Mostly it’s just mastering your technique, because in my mind I try to treat an extra point and 50-yard field goal as the exact same technique-wise. If you try to load up on a longer field goal and kick it harder because you think it’s longer, then that can lead to more mistakes and flaws in your technique. You just got to try to treat them the same and the same magnitude.
Q: Did you get a little confidence boost hitting those two field goals against South Alabama?
A: For sure. That was huge for me, not only my physical ability but my mental, mostly. It was good knocking those kicks through and seeing them go through, and knowing that I can do it. I never doubted myself, but it was good to be able to get the first game (vs. BYU) out of my system.
Q: What kind of adjustments did you make after the BYU kicks? Special teams coordinator Bruce Read said they were mostly minor.
A: Most of it was just the way I made contact with the ball with my kicking foot. Just turning my foot over a little bit more and not swinging across my body as much.
Q: How has Coach Read helped you out?
A: It’s been a world of difference. I mean, last year, it’s not that the coaches didn’t care about special teams, but this year you have a guy that’s there for special teams, he knows what we need to do to prepare for games and how much we need to be kicking, and stuff like that. It’s just the little things that make the big differences on Saturdays. He definitely helps all of us specialists out a lot with what we need to do, physically for sure.
Q: What went behind the decision to try the pooch kick on the onside attempt late vs. Miami?
A: We were just trying to land it in between where all their front-line guys are and their back-line guys, and make their big tight end have to run backwards to catch the ball. I probably should have put it a little bit farther, but that ultimately was the goal, to try to drop it in there and then it was just going to be a scrum for the ball.