Ackerman native Brown approaches senior year at MSU

Staff Writer

Tre Brown can see the end of his college football career coming.

The Ackerman native and Mississippi State defensive lineman is about to enter his senior season with the Bulldogs. In some ways, it has all gone so fast. In others, it has been quite the arduous journey.

“I can’t believe I’m this close to finishing,” Brown said earlier this spring. “It has been a long ride.”

Brown has spent the last three seasons in Starkville. It’s right where he always wanted to be. However, Brown’s college career didn’t start with the Bulldogs, despite him wanting it to after he graduated from Choctaw County High School. Instead, Brown had to make a detour through Copiah-Lincoln Community College before realizing his dream and signing with MSU after the 2015 season.

Even then Brown’s trials and tribulations weren’t over. He sat out the 2016 season to work on his development.

MSU defensive line coach Brain Baker said a year ago that Brown’s growth mostly centered around him developing confidence. Brown was often thinking too much. That affected him as he sought to do things consistently.
Finally, in his junior season in 2017, Brown reaped some of the rewards from all of his hard work. Brown got in all 13 of Mississippi State’s games last season. He totaled 16 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. He also forced and recovered a fumble.

The exciting thing for Brown is that he thinks he can be even better in 2018 after what he deems a successful spring.

“I feel good,” Brown said. “I think I feel the best out of all my springs here.”

Brown can enter the upcoming season with little pressure. He has plenty of star power around him that will get more attention. Fellow defensive linemen Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons could be early NFL Draft picks following this year. Seniors Gerri Green and Cory Thomas are also around as centerpieces for the MSU defensive front.

It’s a deep group. It means playing time isn’t always going to be easy to come by, but Brown insists he likes things this way.

“Anybody can play and anybody can step up,” Brown said of MSU’s defensive line. “We have guys three deep. We can play anywhere at any time. I feel very confident about our guys and our rotation and our depth. It’s always good to have good players.

“I enjoy it because I like competition. I feel like that brings the best out of me, so it’s a great feeling.”

Brown intends to soak in the chance to play alongside his talented teammates in 2018. He knows when the year is done, so too is his MSU career.

Playing for the Bulldogs was the realization of a goal for Brown. He insists it will always be special that he got the chance.

“It has been a long journey for me coming from (junior college),” Brown said. “The journey was long, but I’ll always be thankful for having this opportunity at Mississippi State.”