Some talented football players could get overshadowed on an all-star-caliber team like Good Counsel. Running back Wes Brown is not one of those players.
The Maryland-bound senior was a big-play threat all season long for the Falcons. GC running backs coach Brawley Evans said the future Terp had a "great season as a senior."
"He started and finished strong," Evans said. "Stats don't tell what Brown does because we have a lot of good athletes at Good Counsel. He had a great season. It was definitely big for Maryland to land Wes."
While Brown's senior statistics might not have been jaw-dropping, they were still fairly impressive. The 6-foot, 200-pound player rushed for 1,382 yards and 22 touchdowns on 158 carries. He also caught three passes for 40 yards, helping the Falcons to a 12-0 season culminating with another Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
"[He's a] hard-nosed runner, downhill guy," Evans said. "He goes from Point A to Point B. He's a tough runner. It's going to take more than one guy to tackle Wes."
Brown had a strong start to his final varsity campaign. In the Falcons' second game, against rival Gilman, he rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Brown followed that up with 147 yards and three scores on 16 carries against Valley Forge (Pa.) Military in GC's third game. Evans, meanwhile, pointed to Brown's performances against a WCAC rival as the top games of his senior year.
"Both games at St. John's," Evans said. "He just turned it up. When they get tough, he separates himself to become a man among boys. That St. John's game, he had a hell of a game. He did everything that we needed him to do in that game. And he was tough against Gilman. He actually scored the winning touchdown, broke a nice, long run. He's a big player that made big plays. That's what he is."
Brown rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Good Counsel's regular-season win over St. John's, and 226 yards and four scores against the Cadets in the WCAC playoffs.
Evans said Brown has a running style similar to that of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played for Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at Illinois. The Terps coaching staff, Evans said, likes the fact that Brown is a big, physical running back.
Evans has come to know Brown as a guy who lives and breathes football. While he's not entirely sure what Maryland's plans are for Brown, or how his star running back specifically fits into Locksley's system, he is confident of one thing.
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"[Maryland] got themselves a top athlete," Evans said. "I just want everything to work out best for the kid."