IRVING, Texas — As strange as it sounds, Arthur Brown probably isn’t the guy you want to ask for fantasy football advice.
The Kansas State linebacker, though engaged on the field, doesn’t spend much time, if any, watching other football games - NFL or otherwise when he’s not cracking heads for the Wildcats.
“He doesn’t watch it at all - it’s crazy,” roommate and fellow linebacker Emmanuel Lamur said Monday. “He doesn’t watch TV much anyway. Sometimes I have to force him to watch a game.
“I’m like, ‘Hey, Arthur, there’s a game coming on.’ And he’s like, ‘What game?’ I’m like, ‘Wow, you don’t know there’s a game coming on? It’s the greatest game, like Steelers and Ravens, like two of the greatest defenses - you have to watch the game.’”
The 6-foot-1, 223-pound Brown couldn’t care less, actually. But don’t misunderstand him, either. Brown still spends his Sunday’s watching football — he just prefers to watch the Wildcats — as he locks himself in the film room and studies his previous game and his future opponents.
“Sundays during the season is one of the only times, only days that we have to ourselves,” said Brown, who leads the Wildcats with 95 tackles. “It creates an opportunity for me and some other guys to go in and watch film.
“I do enjoy watching film. I don’t watch a lot of football games outside of that, but I do watch a lot of football — just not outside the film room.”
Lamur said when he does convince Brown to sit through a game, the soft-spoken Wildcats’ defensive leader still takes a different approach to it — as a study tool to make himself better.
“When he does watch it, he’s really into it,” said Lamur, who is third on the team with 77 tackles. “He studies it more, analyzes it more than watching for fun or relaxing. He’s breaking it down when he watches it, like ‘oh, he did a great job shedding the block or did a great job hitting the gap.’ He watches it for the Xs and Os.”
Brown will have plenty of time to watch the NFL someday, perhaps as a player himself in the league. But even that will have to wait another year, as Brown said Monday that K-State’s game against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl later this week won’t be his last as a Wildcat, as he’s all set to return to K-State for his senior season.
“In my mind, I haven’t even considered leaving,” said Brown, who was named All-Big 12 and Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Miami two years ago. “I feel like it would be best for me and my team to come back next year and continue to build on what we have here.
“I feel like it will give me another opportunity to grow as a player and a leader.”
K-State defensive coordinator Chris Cosh said there’s still a lot more for the Wichita East product to accomplish at the college level, believe it or not.
“Has hasn’t had a whole lot of playing time in his career,” Cosh said. “This is his first full year of playing and so I think the more he plays… You saw him get better this year and that’s not by mistake, it’s by work. That’s why I think there’s more in there.
“You’ll be writing about more stuff next year. He’s got more to do.”
Brown’s impact on the Wildcats was obvious this season, both as a leader and his play-making ability on the field. It was a season made up of play after play in which Brown either made the tackle or created enough havoc that others were able to make a play.
But Cosh said Brown’s impact was actually felt long before he could suit up on Saturdays for K-State — from the moment he stepped foot in Manhattan.
“The year he was here and had to sit out and play on scout team, he came to work, was prepared and praised his teammates,” said Cosh, who is in his third season as the KSU defensive coordinator. “He was involved. I think he laid the foundation then. It wasn’t about him, it was about us.
“Arthur’s special because he affects others.”
Brown affects others in more ways than one, as Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson is well aware of K-State’s No. 4.
“He does a great job running around and making plays, and he has for a while,” Wilson said. “He’s a guy we’ve looked at on film and have said, ‘Hey, we’ve got to take care of him,’ to make sure our plays work.”
Perhaps Wilson saw Brown dispose of Heisman Trophy quarterback Robert Griffin III when he sacked and picked off the dynamic playmaker in the final minutes to seal a 36-35 win over Baylor on Oct. 1 in Manhattan.
Cosh’s thoughts on what Brown did to Griffin and the Bears?
“I think Arthur’s fast too — maybe he should go out for the Olympics,” he joked.
But when asked if anything Brown did during the season surprised him, Cosh said “nothing.”
That’s because he’s seen it before, all year last season when Brown was on the scout team and then everyday at practice this year.
“Arthur does some stuff at practice — numerous things,” Cosh said. “He can do a flip and land on his feet somehow. He tips balls in awkward positions. When you see stuff like that, it’s hard to define.”
Cosh said one of Brown’s greatest physical abilities is his ability to anticipate the play before it happens and then react, something he’s improved at during the season.
“He can see and diagnose — he can go from 0-60 faster than anybody from a standstill,” he said. “What he had to learn is how to utilize that speed he has.
“If you get in a hurry, your speed can be a disadvantage to you because your speed can take yourself out of the play. He can wait a count and get there faster than anybody.”
• Brown, who had a career-high 12 tackles in the Wildcats’ regular-season finale against Iowa State, needs just five stops against Arkansas to be the first Wildcat to post 100 tackles in a season since Brandon Archer did it in 2006.
• Justin Tuggle said this week that he’s moving from quarterback to linebacker for his senior season. The junior was the third-string QB this year after transferring to K-State from Blinn College last spring. Tuggle might know a little something about playing the new position too, as his father Jesse was an NFL All-Pro linebacker who played professionally for 14 years.
• The roof at Cowboys Stadium will be closed for Friday’s game.