• John Macon Gillespie

Tony Brown Just Getting Warmed Up

As amazing as the senior class of outstanding tailbacks and athletes were in Mississippi last season, including Ole Miss signee Isaiah Woullard and Florida State early enrollee Cam Akers. The most prolific rusher in the state was East Central's star junior running back, Tony Brown.

Brown finished his junior season 4th in the nation and 1st in Mississippi with 3,317 rushing yards. He also led the state with 42 total touchdowns for the Hornets.

After his sensational record-breaking season, Brown believes he is the best running back in Mississippi heading into his senior season.

"In my opinion I am, I may not have these stars or D1 offers yet but this was just my first year playing, next year I'll make sure everyone knows it," Brown told SES Mississippi on who he believes is the best tailback in Mississippi.

Every top collegiate or professional running back has something that sets them apart from the rest of their competition. Tony believes that he has some key skills that separate him from other athletes in the state.

"My ability to read blocks very well, and make a quick cut instantly when I need too, plus my speed adds on to all that," Brown on what separates him from other running backs.

Tony is following the footsteps of his cousin, Antwon Wells, who was also an allstar running back at East Central. Brown credits Wells as being his most important football influence for him growing up, who along with others helped him become the player he is today. After graduating from East Central in 2012, Wells signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C and then transferred to the University of Central Arkansas. Antwon finished his senior season at UCA with 580 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, and now he is awaiting the 2017 NFL draft for an opportunity to continue his career in the NFL.

"He played for East Central too, so when I was younger my dad would take us to the home games to watch him play. Back then I never thought I would be close to how good he was, but it's because of him and many other things that push me to do great things on and off the field," Brown on Antwon Wells' influence on him.

With one of the best offensive lines in Mississippi and his unique running style, Brown is confident he can have another record-breaking season in 2017.

"I plan on just doing what I did last season and have faith in my offensive line, and as far as numbers go, I'm pretty sure I can get close to or surpass last years 3,000 yard mark," Brown on how plans to follow up last years amazing season.

If Brown is able to have another sensational season in his last one wearing a East Central jersey, he will leave a legacy as on one of of the most successful players in ECHS history and arguably Mississippi High School history.

"I want people to know about my record, but the main thing is my running style, my creativity to make stuff happen when it's clearly a busted play, I don't believe there's been any running back that runs like me at this school in the past," Brown on what he wants people to remember about his career at East Central after he's done.

Tony Brown will be one of the players you will want to watch in 2017, as he chases history and looks to lead the Hornets to a 4A State Championship.

#EastCentral #MackGordon

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