University of Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown has decided to forgo his final season in Austin to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. After a few weeks of internal debate, Brown informed head coach Charlie Strong of his intentions to enter the NFL.
“Coach [Chris] Rumph talked to me right after the [Texas Bowl], and I talked to my wife about it,” Brown said. “Then I went and saw Coach Strong yesterday, and we had a good talk about it. I decided to enter the 2015 Draft, and that’s what everyone thinks is best.
“It wasn’t an easy decision because a lot went into it. My wife has school, I have school, and moving the kids around. I got everyone’s input on it, but at the end of the day, it’s my decision and that’s what I came to.”
Brown has practically done it all during his time with the Longhorns having led the team in tackles for a loss (15) and sacks (6.5) on top of earning first team All-American honors. Most NFL Draft analysts projected Brown to be selected in the first round, and with that much money on the line, he saw no reason to risk potential injury or damage to his draft stock by returning to school. On top of this, Texas, coming off of a 6-7 season, doesn’t appear ready to compete for a National Championship leaving the draft as Brown’s top option.
“Malcom had an unbelievable season and was a lot of fun to coach,” Texas head coach Charlie Strong said. “He’s a tremendous football player and a great young man who has a really bright future ahead of him. I know the decision was a difficult one, but we had some really good talks. He has our support and we wish him the best as he prepares for the NFL.”
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