Kennard Banks is getting better. Chris Brown is not.
Banks returned to the field last week at Baylor, six weeks after breaking a bone in his right arm. He wore a cast and apparently has trouble both with finishing tackles and catching passes that could be interceptions. So why are ISU coaches putting the diminuative cornerback out there?
“Everything he is as a football player compensates for (the cast),” Coach Gene Chizik said. “His want to, his aggressiveness… we just feel like him being out there is huge for our defense.”
Brown, a safety, has missed the last two games and playing very sparringly while still trying to recover from knee surgery performed last spring.
The senior has had a tough time getting backto full strength and speed.
Brown is credited with two tackles and a fumble recovery. He had 43 tackles, four pass break-ups and a sack last season, his best as a Cyclone.
Chizik didn’t sound optimistic Brown would be much a contributer the rest of the way.
“Bless his heart, he’s just a phenomenal kid and he wants to play so bad,” Chizik said. “That situation from the spring just hasn’t been able to unfold the way the would like and the way we would like it. He’s still a step slow. and there’s a little bit of apprehension on his part with the knee. Because of that we don’t feel comfortable with him playing a lot and he doesn’t either.”