A season-ending injury stopped Andre Brown from building on an eight-start true freshman season. Healthy again, he may have some work to do in earning his spot back.
Brown, who started eight games and appeared in nine total before going down with a season-ending injury in 2015, got replaced by true freshman A'Shon Riggins last year. Riggins, like Brown, had immediate success as the new guy on campus, making eight starts and appearing in 12 games.
Redshirt senior Rashard Fant should hold down one of the two starting spots at corner and leave Brown fighting Riggins for the spot he once owned. Considering how well both played their first year on campus, it could wind up being quite the fight.
But as IU cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby knows, depth at cornerback is never a bad thing. The Hoosiers have gotten bitten by the injury bug in the secondary over the last few years and would welcome in competition at the cornerback spot.
Brown got hit with a double-whammy considering he lost the end of the 2015 season with an injury and then got hurt again in 2016. He received a medical redshirt and didn't have much choice in the matter.
Main Hurdle: Proving himself as healthy again
Two season-ending injuries in as many years is cause for concern, especially for a cornerback that relies so much on pure athleticism.
At a certain point it's only natural to question whether or not Brown can hold up much in the same way there's uncertainty surrounding receiver J-Shun Harris who missed each of the last two seasons.
If Brown can get through the fall camp healthy and compete with Riggins for the starting spot it should be considered a success.
Best Case: Brown retakes his starting spot
He'll have to earn it, but there's no reason to believe Brown won't be able to come right back in and regain his starting spot.
Riggins was spectacular last season as a true freshman, but Brown was nearly just as good his own true freshman campaign. It's easy to forget that because of how long ago that was, but Brown may wind up reminding fans what they missed sooner rather than later if he has his way.
Expect Riggins to be the favorite at the start of camp simply because he was there a year ago, but Brown should fight him for it.
High School Flashback
Brown played defensive back and cornerback at Columbia High School but was always tabbed as a defensive back by Indiana.
The former two-star athlete out of Decatur, Georgia, posted 70 tackles, three for loss, and three interceptions as a senior. Two of those picks went back for touchdowns. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two more.
As a quarterback, Brown tossed for 1,800 yards with 19 touchdowns and a ridiculous 70.3 percent completion percentage. He also rushed for 504 yards and nine more scores
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