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Brown gets his first assignment for SMU

Although Micah Brown will be making his first start with the SaintMary’s Huskies on Saturday, he’s far from a rookie quarterback.

Although Micah Brown will be making his first start with the Saint Mary’s Huskies on Saturday, he’s far from a rookie quarterback.

The well-travelled 24-year-old has already been a starting pivot at the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels, spent a year on the gridiron in Switzerland, and even tried out at two CFL training camps.

He’s getting the keys to a struggling Saint Mary’s offence in place of benched Jack Creighton and hopes his experience will make him a calming presence against the nationally top-ranked Laval Rouge et Or at Huskies Stadium at 2 p.m.

“I’m a pretty cerebral type of guy,” said Brown, who is taking a dual major in psychology and sociology at Saint Mary’s.

“I don’t really get too excited or too down. I’m just kind of mellow, for the most part. I’ll (stay calm) in the huddle and just relax the guys.”

The Tampa, Fla., native posted nondescript NAIA stats at West Virginia Tech in 2006 and had similar NCAA Division II results at Saint Paul’s in 2008.

Huskies head coach Steve Sumarah described the five-foot-10 175-pounder as having “good pocket presence” while noting he is confident with a good arm.

“Whatever the system calls for, whatever the game calls for, whatever the situation calls for — drop back, scramble, run, make a play — I’m gonna do it,” Brown said.

He’ll be thrown into the fire against a team that has won four of the past seven Vanier Cups. He’s aware of Laval’s rich history, but isn’t fazed, at least not yet.

“I’m just going in there to get the job done,” he said. “Trust the O-Line, receivers and running backs, and just go out there and try to make some plays.”

 
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