Asantay Brown gets praise from WMU’s Fleck, gives praise to Mona Shores

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Asantay Brown is making quite the impact as a sophomore in Western Michigan's secondary.

The first-year starter leads the Broncos with 66 tackles through eight games this season and has two interceptions to go with a team-and-conference-leading two forced fumbles.

He's all about football -- and not much else, according to head coach P.J. Fleck.

"If he's not in class, not on the football field, if he's got any free time -- ask him what his hobbies are," Fleck said on Monday. "I betcha they're...not much. He loves football. He wants to be in and be around coaches, sit in and have meetings with the DBs on his own."

"He's constantly showing leadership, constantly showing how to work in our program, and he's a constant reflection of what this program's all about."

Meanwhile, Brown is keeping an eye on his alma mater, who host rival Muskegon in a Division 2 district title game on Saturday night. It's another big moment in the amazing surge for the Sailors' football program under head coach Matt Koziak.

"I'll probably make the game if I can, but it's really exciting to see where that program has gone," Brown said Monday. They started from 1-8 in his first year and then they have continued growing."

His theory on how Shores has ascended? The same mentality that Fleck and his team build their program on.

"They just continue to change their best," Brown said with a laugh. "Continue to row, I guess!"

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