For over 8-years, 365SportsNetwork.com has provided a platform for college football athletes from all levels who are wanting to make it to the next level a platform to hear their stores via interviews here on our network. Our interviews provide a full breakdown of the athlete’s career from their stint in college all the way to their current preparations for the NFL Draft and other pro opportunities. Today, we are being joined by Henderson State defensive back, Malik Brown.
Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Malik, tell us about yourself?
Malik Brown: Pretty reserved guy, always a leader and someone people can look up to.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Henderson State University tell us about your experience at Henderson State?
Malik Brown: It’s had its ups and downs but I’ve grown and matured a lot while attending Henderson State.
Justin David Kish: At Henderson State, you played under head coach Scott Maxfield. How has Coach Maxfield and the rest of the Henderson State coaching staff improved you as a player?
Malik Brown: Allowed me to play my game and grown as a player. Made sure I was always even kill. Never too high or too low and always having a stable mindset.
Justin David Kish: During your college career you wore the jersey #23. Why did you choose #23?
Malik Brown: My best friend lost his life in a car accident that I was involved in back in May of 2015 and I’ve worn it every since because it was number.
Justin David Kish: When you look back on your career what was one game in your career that really took you to your limits?
Malik Brown: Southeastern Oklahoma 2017 season, I hurt my shoulder on the first play that would potentially cut my season short but as for them being 7-0 I had to finish the game and we ended up winning by 1 point.
Justin David Kish: Who was the toughest player you ever played against?
Malik Brown: Malcolm Brown, played him my sophomore year of high school. Most dominant defensive lineman I’ve ever seen.
Justin David Kish: You are now focusing on professional football. How are you currently preparing yourself for your upcoming pro day and other pro opportunities?
Malik Brown: I’m just training, improving on speed and overall size and strength.
Justin David Kish: What are your pre-draft measurables?
Malik Brown: 6’0, 191 pounds.
Justin David Kish: You just finished up at the FCS Bowl. What did you learn from the coaches and players in attendance and what teams did you speak to?
Malik Brown: I talked to a few NFL & CFL Teams along with a few AFL scouts. I just was happy with how I performed and felt as if I did more than compete with top players across the country.
Justin David Kish: What would your coaches say the type of player you are?
Malik Brown: More so of a utility player, I can play wherever I’m needed and I won’t ever shy away from a challenge or hard word.
Justin David Kish: When watching film what do you look for?
Malik Brown: Tendencies from the quarterback and from the team as a whole. Breaking down what works and doesn’t work for your opposing team and what they are trying to do as a whole.
Justin David Kish: What are some of your biggest strength’s and what area of your game are you improving on?
Malik Brown: I’m very smart and decisive in my decision making which makes for better plays in my opinion. Having better technique instead of relying on athleticism at times.
Justin David Kish: Name a point in your career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from the experience?
Malik Brown: Just after my friend passed away I just had feelings of why. I had lots of mental struggles that didn’t allow me to focus on my main objective and that was football. Learning and healing and understanding purpose was a big step in regards to “overcoming adversity”.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Malik Brown: Yes, I do have the ability to do so but I’m more of a lead by example type of player. I try to motivate guys around me by just grinding and going harder in everything.
Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the other draft-eligible defensive backs?
Malik Brown: Like I said I feel like I’m really smart on the field and could change and impact any team I get an opportunity to play for. I’m a hard worker and I feel as if I can compete with ANYONE.
Justin David Kish: If you could compare yourself to any current NFL defensive back who would it be and why?
Malik Brown: HaHa Clinton-Dix because he’s long and can cover and make plays on the ball but also isn’t scared to come down and defend the run.
Justin David Kish: My final question, If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Malik Brown?
Malik Brown: Because I’ll bring culture and hard work into whatever team gives me a chance. I feel as if I make the players around me better and can motivate people to perform at the best level possible.