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Zach Brown
LB #55
Height:
6-1
Weight:
248
Age:
25
College:
North Carolina
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

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Biography

PRO: The Titans acquired former North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Zach Brown in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and he appeared in every game through his first two campaigns as a weakside linebacker.  Brown’s speed and athleticism allow him to chase the ball from sideline to sideline and be disruptive against the run and the pass.  As a rookie, he made an immediate impact, starting 13 games.  He started 13 contests again in 2013 and built his two-year totals to 210 tackles, 9.5 sacks and four interceptions.   

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Brown ranked second on the team and set a career high with 117 tackles.
•    In the first two weeks of the 2013 season, Brown set or matched single-game career highs in sacks (two at Pittsburgh on Sept. 8) and tackles (13 at Houston on Sept. 15).
•    As a rookie in 2012, Brown tied for third on the squad with 93 tackles and added 5.5 sacks and three interceptions.  He was the only NFL rookie to finish among the top five rookies in both interceptions (tied for fourth) and sacks (tied for fifth).
•    Against the Jaguars in the season finale of his rookie season (12/30/12), Brown tallied five tackles, two interception returns for touchdowns (79 and 30 yards) and a sack.  He tied the NFL record (reached several times) for interception return touchdowns in a game, and he became the third player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Miller Farr (Dec. 7, 1968) and Ken Houston (Dec. 19, 1971).
•    As a senior at North Carolina, Brown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors, as he led the team with a career-high 105 tackles. He also ranked second on the squad with 5.5 sacks and 13.5 stops for loss.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    At the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, Brown showed his speed and athleticism by posting times of 1.52 seconds in the 10-yard dash, 2.55 in the 20 and 4.44 in the 40-yard dash.  He again performed the drills in front of teams at North Carolina’s pro day. The linebacker was timed at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash and also improved his vertical jump, producing a 35-inch leap on campus after coming up with a 33 1/2 inch jump at the Combine.
•    As a sophomore at North Carolina, Brown set the Tar Heels school record in the indoor 60-meter dash with a time of 6.72 seconds.
•    Since his childhood, Brown has always been interested in deep sea creatures.  Eventually, he would liked to have a huge circular fish tank in his home with a few small sharks.
•    Brown was a unique athlete in high school.  He was a state champion wrestler and a two-time state champion sprinter in Maryland.  As a senior, he posted a 29-0 record on the wrestling mat, recording 17 pins and five technical falls.  He also captured the state class 3-A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52), becoming the first player in school history to win a state title in track.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Columbia, Md., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    Started 23 of 47 games at North Carolina, including 11 starts at weakside outside linebacker and 12 starts at the strongside spot.  Recorded 230 tackles with 5.5 sacks for minus 37 yards, 19 stops for losses of 64 yards and six quarterback pressures.  Also caused three fumbles, posted a fumble recovery, deflected four passes and intercepted seven others for 137 yards in returns (19.57 avg).  His 70-yard interception return against Virginia in 2010 ranked as the 11th-longest interception runback in school history.  
•    As a senior (2011), the Butkus Award semi-finalist was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  Was named All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report and was the recipient of the 2011 Elite Linebacker Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards.  Named the Tar Heels Most Valuable Player after starting 12 games at strongside outside linebacker.  Led the team with 105 tackles, ranked second on the squad with 5.5 sacks for minus 37 yards and 13.5 stops for losses of 49 yards.  Added six quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, four passes defensed and three interceptions for 24 yards in returns.  Finished seventh in the ACC with an average of 1.04 tackles-for-loss, ninth with 8.08 tackles per game and 10th with 0.42 sacks each contest.  Recorded at least 10 tackles in five games, including his final three contests.
•    As a junior (2010), played in all 13 games with five starts and finished second on the team with 72 tackles that included 1.5 stops for minus four yards and a trio of interceptions for 113 yards in returns (37.7 avg).  Earned enough points to be named a special teams captain (Carolina awards points throughout the year on special teams and the player with the most points are named captains).
•    As a sophomore (2009), started the first six games at weakside outside linebacker after playing primarily on special teams as a freshman.  Finished the season with 47 tackles, including four for losses of 11 yards.
•    As a true freshman (2008), played on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, recording six tackles.
•    Was an African-American studies major at North Carolina.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, and resides in Columbia, Md.
•    In 2007, attended Hargrave (Chatham, Va.) Military Academy prior to enrolling at the University of North Carolina.  Played outside linebacker for renowned head coach Robert Prunty.  Rivals.com regarded the four-star prospect as the 12th-best prep school player in the country and Scout.com also awarded him a four-star rating and ranked him among the nation’s Top 10 linebacker recruits.
•    Attended Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., playing football for head coach Doug Duvall.  The standout 210-pound tailback and weakside outside linebacker was an All-Howard County selection as a senior, as he rushed for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns and collected over 90 solo tackles.
•    Also starred in wrestling and track.  During his 29-0 record on the wrestling mat, he recorded 17 pins and five technical falls.  Captured the state class 3-A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52), becoming the first player in school history to win a state title in track.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “The Wood”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (music artist) T.I.; (school subject) math; (car) Audi; (restaurant) Outback Steakhouse; and (sports team other than the Titans) Boston Red Sox and N.Y. Knicks.
•    Follow Brown on Twitter at @ZachBrown_55 and on Instagram at @zbrown47.
•    Born Zachery Vinzale Brown on Oct. 23, 1989 in Beaufort, S.C.
PRO: The Titans acquired former North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Zach Brown in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and he appeared in every game through his first two campaigns as a weakside linebacker.  Brown’s speed and athleticism allow him to chase the ball from sideline to sideline and be disruptive against the run and the pass.  As a rookie, he made an immediate impact, starting 13 games.  He started 13 contests again in 2013 and built his two-year totals to 210 tackles, 9.5 sacks and four interceptions.   

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Brown ranked second on the team and set a career high with 117 tackles.
•    In the first two weeks of the 2013 season, Brown set or matched single-game career highs in sacks (two at Pittsburgh on Sept. 8) and tackles (13 at Houston on Sept. 15).
•    As a rookie in 2012, Brown tied for third on the squad with 93 tackles and added 5.5 sacks and three interceptions.  He was the only NFL rookie to finish among the top five rookies in both interceptions (tied for fourth) and sacks (tied for fifth).
•    Against the Jaguars in the season finale of his rookie season (12/30/12), Brown tallied five tackles, two interception returns for touchdowns (79 and 30 yards) and a sack.  He tied the NFL record (reached several times) for interception return touchdowns in a game, and he became the third player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Miller Farr (Dec. 7, 1968) and Ken Houston (Dec. 19, 1971).
•    As a senior at North Carolina, Brown was a Butkus Award semifinalist and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors, as he led the team with a career-high 105 tackles. He also ranked second on the squad with 5.5 sacks and 13.5 stops for loss.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    At the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, Brown showed his speed and athleticism by posting times of 1.52 seconds in the 10-yard dash, 2.55 in the 20 and 4.44 in the 40-yard dash.  He again performed the drills in front of teams at North Carolina’s pro day. The linebacker was timed at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash and also improved his vertical jump, producing a 35-inch leap on campus after coming up with a 33 1/2 inch jump at the Combine.
•    As a sophomore at North Carolina, Brown set the Tar Heels school record in the indoor 60-meter dash with a time of 6.72 seconds.
•    Since his childhood, Brown has always been interested in deep sea creatures.  Eventually, he would liked to have a huge circular fish tank in his home with a few small sharks.
•    Brown was a unique athlete in high school.  He was a state champion wrestler and a two-time state champion sprinter in Maryland.  As a senior, he posted a 29-0 record on the wrestling mat, recording 17 pins and five technical falls.  He also captured the state class 3-A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52), becoming the first player in school history to win a state title in track.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Columbia, Md., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    Started 23 of 47 games at North Carolina, including 11 starts at weakside outside linebacker and 12 starts at the strongside spot.  Recorded 230 tackles with 5.5 sacks for minus 37 yards, 19 stops for losses of 64 yards and six quarterback pressures.  Also caused three fumbles, posted a fumble recovery, deflected four passes and intercepted seven others for 137 yards in returns (19.57 avg).  His 70-yard interception return against Virginia in 2010 ranked as the 11th-longest interception runback in school history.  
•    As a senior (2011), the Butkus Award semi-finalist was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  Was named All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report and was the recipient of the 2011 Elite Linebacker Trophy from the College Football Performance Awards.  Named the Tar Heels Most Valuable Player after starting 12 games at strongside outside linebacker.  Led the team with 105 tackles, ranked second on the squad with 5.5 sacks for minus 37 yards and 13.5 stops for losses of 49 yards.  Added six quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, four passes defensed and three interceptions for 24 yards in returns.  Finished seventh in the ACC with an average of 1.04 tackles-for-loss, ninth with 8.08 tackles per game and 10th with 0.42 sacks each contest.  Recorded at least 10 tackles in five games, including his final three contests.
•    As a junior (2010), played in all 13 games with five starts and finished second on the team with 72 tackles that included 1.5 stops for minus four yards and a trio of interceptions for 113 yards in returns (37.7 avg).  Earned enough points to be named a special teams captain (Carolina awards points throughout the year on special teams and the player with the most points are named captains).
•    As a sophomore (2009), started the first six games at weakside outside linebacker after playing primarily on special teams as a freshman.  Finished the season with 47 tackles, including four for losses of 11 yards.
•    As a true freshman (2008), played on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, recording six tackles.
•    Was an African-American studies major at North Carolina.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, and resides in Columbia, Md.
•    In 2007, attended Hargrave (Chatham, Va.) Military Academy prior to enrolling at the University of North Carolina.  Played outside linebacker for renowned head coach Robert Prunty.  Rivals.com regarded the four-star prospect as the 12th-best prep school player in the country and Scout.com also awarded him a four-star rating and ranked him among the nation’s Top 10 linebacker recruits.
•    Attended Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., playing football for head coach Doug Duvall.  The standout 210-pound tailback and weakside outside linebacker was an All-Howard County selection as a senior, as he rushed for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns and collected over 90 solo tackles.
•    Also starred in wrestling and track.  During his 29-0 record on the wrestling mat, he recorded 17 pins and five technical falls.  Captured the state class 3-A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52), becoming the first player in school history to win a state title in track.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “The Wood”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (music artist) T.I.; (school subject) math; (car) Audi; (restaurant) Outback Steakhouse; and (sports team other than the Titans) Boston Red Sox and N.Y. Knicks.
•    Follow Brown on Twitter at @ZachBrown_55 and on Instagram at @zbrown47.
•    Born Zachery Vinzale Brown on Oct. 23, 1989 in Beaufort, S.C.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 184 140 44 9.5 0 10 4 159 -- 79 2 2 3
2014 TEN 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 16 13 91 72 19 4.0 -- 5 1 3 3 3 0 1 1
2012 TEN 16 14 93 68 25 5.5 0 5 3 156 52 79 2 1 2
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @KC W 26-10 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 DAL L 10-26 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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