Here at Lawless Republic we will be profiling all the 2013 signees & return missionaries who will be joining the BYU Football team this season. This will be a daily feature on the site as we count down to Fall Camp.
Algernon “Algie” Brown
Salt Lake City — Skyline High School
6-0 | 234 | Fullback
Class: Redshirt Freshman
Algie Brown was a prep standout at Skyline High School and a member of the 2010 recruiting class for the Cougars. Rated the 62nd best prospect from the Northwest according to Scout.com, Brown was a feature back for the Eagles in their option attack.
Brown is a return missionary who served in Sao Paulo, Brazil the past two years. Brown redshirted his first season in Provo back in 2010.
Has some deceptive speed on the edge similar to former BYU Running Back Harvey Unga. And Brown’s build reminds me a lot of Jacksonville Jaguars RB, Maurice Jones-Drew. Low center of gravity with huge calves.
One thing that stands out with Brown in his senior year at Skyline, he only fumbled the ball once. Always an important quality to have from players in your backfield.
Expectations in 2013: Compete for starting Fullback job
It’s not yet known how Robert Anae plans on using the fullback position in this new up-tempo attack. But when you think of Anae offenses in his first stint as the OC, you can’t help but think of a guy like Manase Tonga who flourished as a FB for the Cougars. Especially as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Brown will have some competition for that FB spot.
Right now Iona Pritchard is the starter heading into Fall Camp, and TE Kaneakua Friel is the backup. If Brown, turns some heads in Camp Cougar he very well could be the starter when Anae uses the Fullback this season.
Potential in BYU Career: Low to Moderate
Unless Brown was to change positions, it’s tough to have such high expectations for a player at a position that isn’t used often. The Manase Tonga’s from the Fullback spot are not the norm. But I definitely feel Brown can bring more versatility to the Fullback position compared to Fullbacks we’ve seen the past few years in Mendenhall and Pritchard.