Andrew Brown is now three spring practices into his college football career at Virginia. And the defensive lineman admits, the experience has been educational.
"I thought it was going to be a lot easier. Because I've always been an upper-core type player," Brown said Tuesday morning, following the Cavaliers' third practice of the spring. "But it's not easy, first coming in. So I realize that, and it's truly humbling."
"And I'm just getting prepared. Getting ready for the next level," Brown said. "This is a whole other level of football right here, and I'm getting used to it."
Brown arrived at UVa this semester as one of the most highly-regarded recruits in program history. The 2013 Gatorade State Player of the Year at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Brown was a consensus five-star recruit and considered one of the top college prospects in the country.
Brown got a head start on his college career by enrolling early at UVa in January, in time to participate in team drills this spring. And Brown said Tuesday that he has spent his first few weeks in college trying to catch up.
"Right now I'm just thinking a lot. Just trying to get all the plays right," he said. "But once I get everything done, been in the system for a while, I think I'll start to have a lot more fun as I begin to make plays like that. But right now I'm building my foundation."
Brown finished his senior season at Oscar Smith with 93 tackles, including 30 for a loss and 18 sacks, and nine forced fumbles. In practice on Tuesday, he was part of the rotation at defensive tackle with the first-team UVa defense.
"The speed of the game is so much faster than in high school. And I realize that," Brown said. "And I've just got to stop thinking so much, and just go out there and let it be natural. Like it always has been."