Trenton Brown makes UF teammates feel small


Florida Gators offensive lineman Trenton Brown walks back after running a drill during an open practice session at the Dizney Lacrosse Stadium on Thursday in Gainesville.

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Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.

At 6-foot-3, 302 pounds, Florida center Jonotthan Harrison is a big man. Until he stands next to offensive tackle Trenton Brown.

“Man, I feel like a child next to him,” Harrison said.

Offensive lineman Tyler Moore knows the feeling. And he's 6-6, 312.

“The first reaction (the other offensive linemen had) is we felt like we were in third grade again looking up at a high schooler,” Moore said.

Brown is big. No, he's bigger than big. He's huge. Mammoth. Super-sized.

The transfer from Georgia Military College is 6-8, 363 pounds, making him not only the biggest player on the UF football team, but maybe the biggest in school history.

And, according to his coaches and teammates, Brown isn't just big. The giant can play.

“That kid has created a lot of frustration for the guys he has to go against,” offensive coordinator Brent Pease said. “He's got a lot of ability. He's done a good job.

“When he's in a one-on-one situation, he's very talented. He's big, he's strong, and he can move, so he's going to be a real good football player.”

Sophomore defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who has a chance to become an elite pass rusher, says he has a difficult time getting around Brown. As far as going through him on a bull rush, forget it, Fowler said.

“I did (try to bull rush him) and it wasn't great,” Fowler said. “I go against Trenton a lot. It's hard. That's a big guy. It takes a little while to get around him.

“Trenton Brown is the biggest person I've ever seen in my life.”

Fowler said Brown is not only big, he's quick.

“He can get off the ball as quick as we can,” Fowler said. “When you see that big body around you, you're kind of like you don't know what to do. Next thing you know you're running into him, and that's not a good thing to do.”

Fowler said Brown has been the toughest UF offensive tackle to get around in camp.

“I can beat him around the edge with my speed,” Fowler said. “But he has a good (skill) set and can make it difficult. He's got a little nasty streak. You don't want that nasty streak to come out.”

Fowler said you also don't want to get locked up with Brown and have him knock you down and fall on top of you.

“It is scary,” Fowler said. “I don't want Trenton to ever fall on me. If he does, I'm pretty sure my body will be printed in the grass. I don't want that.”

Even though his teammates have been around him since the start of the Summer B semester, they still marvel at Brown's sheer size.

“We just talk about how huge he is every time we see him,” offensive tackle D.J Humphries said. “When he walks up to the board to go over a play, we say, 'Man, he's huge.'

“I've never seen a lineman that big with my own eyes.”

Humphries said he's eaten with Brown on numerous occasions, but there's really nothing big to tell there. Humphries is trying to gain weight, while Brown is trying to lose.

“We're on a different path right now,” Humphries joked.

UF coach Will Muschamp said Brown is on the path to playing time at possibly both tackle positions.

“Trenton Brown is going to play for us this year. He's a good football player,” Muschamp said.

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