Posted: 7:36 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014

Ex-Dwyer DE Malik Brown transfers from Tennessee to Bowling Green 

By Matt Porter

Former Dwyer High standout Malik Brown hopes transferring from Tennessee to Bowling Green will kick-start his career.

Malik Brown smiles after signing with Tennessee in February 2013. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Malik Brown smiles after signing with Tennessee in February 2013. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post)

Due to a pair of wrist surgeries, Brown did not see the field after signing with the Volunteers in 2013. He left the program in May and moved into a dorm at Bowling Green this week.

“It’s a real good move,” said Brown, a redshirt freshman defensive end. “My health is 100 percent. I’m ready to play now.”

A 6-foot-4, 251-pound pass-rusher, Brown redshirted at Tennessee last season after he broke the scaphoid, a small bone at the base of the wrist, in both hands. Brown fractured his right scaphoid in Oct. 2011, but played through it during high school. He had surgery in March 2013.

Two weeks into 2014 spring practice, he broke the scaphoid bone in his left hand, which also required surgery. “It was just a freak accident,” he said.

Brown said the injuries left his future on the team unclear, so he opted to transfer.

 

Bowling Green opened fall practice Friday. As he awaits NCAA clearance to play this season, Brown is rooming with fellow transfer Robbie Rhodes, a wide receiver who left Baylor last month. Rhodes is also awaiting an eligibility ruling.

Brown joins 14 other Florida natives on the Falcons’ roster, including three former Dwyer teammates: redshirt junior defensive back Darrell Hunter, junior defensive tackle Mike Minns and freshman wide receiver Clint Stephens. Redshirt junior wide receiver Herve Coby (American Heritage) and redshirt senior defensive back Victor Osborne (Suncoast) are also on the team.

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