LEWISTON — It isn’t enough for Daquawn Brown that in the third practice of his collegiate football career, he was already taking reps with the No. 2 defense at cornerback.
The self-assured freshman from Los Angeles had his sights set even higher.
“I expected to just come in here and dominate by my talent, but it humbled me,” Brown said well after Monday’s practice had ended, his shoulder pads shucked after a lengthy post-practice workout. “I’ve actually played at a higher level than I thought I was. Playing with these dudes out here, it’s great competition, as you can see, day in, day out.”
It’s a competition Brown, nicknamed “Cheetah,” will be involved in, one way or the other. He said he chose Washington State over offers from UCLA and Washington, among others, because WSU’s lack of depth at corner aligned with his desire to play right away.
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“You wouldn’t go to a school and expect not to play, or go to a school and want to sit down,” Brown said. “You should want to play and want to continue to get better at what you came here for. I expect to play as a true freshman, and I’m working hard to do that.”
“The pace, we’ve talked with him, is a lot faster than what he’s used to,” defensive coordinator Mike Breske said. “But he’s competing, and that’s what we like.”