Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ERASING THE PAST UF's Brown Eager to Face UK's Air Attack

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ERASING THE PAST UF's Brown Eager to Face UK's Air Attack

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GAINESVILLE -- As strange as it sounds, they never want to

watch again. Experiencing it is much easier than seeing it.

Teako Brown should thank Hal Mumme one day. No more running

game, no use for last year's game tape, no rush of bad memories.

"Part of me wants to watch that tape," said Brown, the

University of Florida's junior free safety. "The other part

wants to move on."

Mumme made Brown's decision a little easier. The first-year

coach at Kentucky, he scrapped the 'Cats' crawl-ball running

offense of years past this season for a streamlined,

pass-oriented offense.

In other words, last year's game tape -- the one showing

Brown's promising sophomore season upended by a freak injury --

was useless.

"We won't even watch it," Florida defensive coordinator Bob

Stoops said.

Brown had to be happy hearing that.

It was at this point last year when Brown seemed primed for a

breakout season. He had three interceptions in his first three

games, and was just hitting his stride.

Then early in the first half of last year's rout in

Gainesville, everything came to a sudden, serious halt. An

offensive lineman rolled into Brown's knee, tearing ligaments

and forcing him to miss nearly two months of the season.

By the time he returned at full speed late in the season, he

had lost his job to senior Shea Showers, and the confidence

built at the beginning of the season had eroded. When you worry

about every step you take, when you're constantly thinking how

close it came to ending, it's not easy being in game situations.

"You could tell he was a little hesitant, but who wouldn't be?"

Florida cornerback Fred Weary said. "The free safety is the guy

kind of holding it all together. We've got our quarterback back


And he's playing as well as ever. …

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