It takes a special breed of athlete to come into the Southeastern Conference and start right away as a true freshman, even more so at a place like Alabama where anything less than an undefeated season and a national championship is considered a failure, but Tony Brown is that type of athlete.
Brown, a former five-star recruit and the nation’s No. 2 cornerback according to 247Sports, is vying for one of the cornerback sports with the Crimson Tide in the wake of Eddie Jackson’s ACL tear during last week’s scrimmage.
With Jackson gone and Cyrus Jones, Bradley Sylve and Jabriel Washington combining to make only eight starts in their careers and Maurice Smith fighting to get healthy, Brown sees the door open to claim a spot in Saban and Kirby Smart’s defense.
Brown enrolled early in part to compete in track this spring, but also to get a head start on his college career and to make put himself in position to garner early playing time.
According to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, Brown is receiving “a ton of reps” and considering the talent he possesses and the experience he’s gaining as a result of the injuries and enrolling early, it may be tough to keep the talented freshman off the field.
Along with All-American candidate Landon Collins at safety and Marlon Humphrey, another five-star freshman corner, Alabama has the potential to have a lethal secondary in the future, but that future may be much sooner than originally anticipated.
Look for Brown to make plays in the defensive backfield during Saturday’s spring game as he continues to make his way toward the top of the Alabama depth chart.