Eric Brown
Position: Linebackers
Alma Mater: Fresno State
Graduating Year: 2011

Brown’s life has been about football – as the son of a coach, a player and eventually a coach himself. He used his expertise to work with the Vandal linebacking corps where Marc Millan turned in the top tackle effort with 91 stops in 12 games and tied for the 27th best in solo stops nationally.

It was Brown’s life in football that caught the attention of head coach Paul Petrino. Brown, like Petrino, grew up with football. The son of the late Dan Brown, a long-time coach at Fresno State, Eric  Brown comes to Idaho from Indiana State University where he worked with Vandal defensive coordinator Ronnie Lee.

“Eric is a coach’s son,” Petrino said. “You can tell he’s been around football all his life.”

That inherent knowledge of the game is something Petrino prizes.

“He’s probably one of the greatest young minds in college football,” Petrino said.

Brown played for and graduated from Fresno State University. After graduating in 2011, he was a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs. He helped guide Bulldogs’ defensive tackle Logan Harrell to first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2011 – a season during which Harrell recorded 16 tackles for loss.

At Indiana State, Brown was the outside linebackers coach. Among the players under his guidance were two players ranked in the top three in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and top 25 in the Football Championship Subdivision in tackles per game, as well as the league’s No. 5 player in quarterback sacks. The Sycamores were ranked third nationally in total defense in 2012. He also coached Connor Underwood to a Freshman All-American season.

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