Notre Dame football: Brown tracks down success
(S.C) High School as a freshman, the same year David Pratt took over
as the school's boys track coach.
That spring Pratt quickly became familiar with an explosive freshman
that participated in the high jump and triple jump for the varsity
team. By the end of his freshman year, Brown was jumping 44-feet,
6-inches for a fifth-place in the triple jump at the South Carolina
Class AA State Championships.
"I've been coaching track for a long time and I had never had a
freshman make it to the state meet in the triple jump or to jump that
far," Pratt said. "I guess then I kind of knew that this kid was going
to be pretty good."
Pratt also knew that Brown was a football player and he'd have to
share him with another sport. But Pratt was able to sell to Brown that
track and field would improve his football skills.
"I always knew football was probably his favorite sport. That's just
the way it is in the South," Pratt said. "I know Chris knew that
running track would help his football, and he enjoyed it."
Brown continued playing both sports, and even played basketball as a