The first two-sport athlete of the Nick Saban era, Tony Brown made headlines well before the start of spring football as a member of Alabama's indoor track team.
His performance throughout the Crimson Tide's15 spring football practices -- combined with Alabama's lack of experienced veterans at cornerback -- only made him more popular among his newestfans.
Saban certainly hasn't ruled out the possibility of Brown emerging as a starting cornerback by the time Alabama opens the season against West Virginia, and it's a challenge Brown appears to have embracedentering his first season.
His mother, Tammy Walker-Brown, said as much Tuesday in , the hometown newspaper in Brown's native Texas.
"He's going to do whatever he has to do to start," Walker-Brown told The Enterprise. "If it doesn't happen, he's going to be patient and wait histurn."
Brown's spring didn't come without a little adversity, as he re-injured his shoulder when he fell over a hurdle. That ended his first season with the Alabama track team, but he played through the pain -- mostly with a non-contact jersey -- while competing to fill one of two vacant cornerback spots. His opportunities grew when sophomore Eddie Jackson, who was a regular with the first-team defense, went down with a knee injury.
Brown's performance at A-Day was certainly encouraging, as he broke up two passes, intercepted another and picked up two tackles as a member of the second-team defense. Brown's father Tony Sr., who recently suffered a stroke, made the trip to Tuscaloosa to see it all unfold, Walker-Brown told The Enterprise.
"Tony's going to be great," senior safety Jarrick Williams said in April. "There's just a lot of stuff he can improve on and stuff he's got to learn. He's going to be great when he gets it all."
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