MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Amongst the biggest and baddest football players at the Division I level, it is difficult to stand out on an offensive line. At 6-foot-3, 348 pounds, Mike Brown commands attention not only for his size and level of play, but for his personality.
The WVU senior has the starting spot at right guard locked down. He will make his tenth start as a Mountaineer Saturday against Kansas.
“I try to lead by the way I play,” Brown said. “If that’s one way they like to show leadership, that’s the best way I can think of how to be a leader. When it comes to game day, I play in a way that separates myself from the others and I guess that is the way you can call yourself a leader. I am not trying to be cocky or anything, but when it comes to playing football, that is one way I know how to lead.”
Brown is a native of Compton, Ca. and played his first two seasons of college football at Eastern Arizona Community College. He transferred to WVU for the 2018 season, joining his older brother Joe on the Mountaineer roster. After redshirting that season, Brown played in eleven games as a junior, becoming more comfortable with the intricacies of the Division I game.
“Back in JUCO when I first started, I used more of my braun and brute strength more than anything. In JUCO, it was that guy in front of you, make sure he is dead or make sure he doesn’t get near your guy. I was like, OK, that was easy. Now here, there’s this guy, that guy, oh man, there’s so much stuff. I am cool now, I am good with it now.
“I beat myself up mentally more than anything. Now I am comfortable with my friends, the homies next to me, the center, the tackle and even the guys on the left side. Even during the game I am like, ‘Hey’, just yelling to the other side. That’s the best part.”
Brown recently became a father and is a man of faith who served a mission in the Philippines prior to enrolling at Eastern Arizona.
“I am a very religious man, I am in LDS (Latter-day Saints). I served my mission. And before I served my mission, my patriarch told me that if you serve with all your heart, you are going to be spiritually, mentally, and what you want the most, physically dominant. These are the blessings that come along. You are going to have a wife, you are going to be exposed to great things in life.”
Brown has played alongside and has been impressed by the newest component on the WVU offensive line, true freshman and Fairmont Senior graduate Zach Frazier.
“Frazier is definitely one of those dudes. I give props to him because sometimes we are lifting in the weight room and I look at him like, ‘Man, what are you trying to size me up for? Watch out little guy.’ But he is really a big guy. He brings everything to the table. He needs to work on his knowledge stuff and that’s it. The physical capability when is comes to doing his job, man that kid is a monster.”