By Gray Gardner.
CLEMSON — After having the game of his life, Kourtnei Brown is still living a dream.
“Saturday was a day I will never forget,” Brown said. “God blessed me. Everything happened so perfectly.”
Brown seemed to be fated for a big day when his picture was featured on Saturday’s game ticket – something he didn’t realize until fans asked him to autograph their ticket stubs.
“I saw that after the game when fans came running up for me to sign it. I was huh – that’s crazy,” Brown laughed. “I heard I was even on the parking pass.”
The Charlotte native first made his name known with a 20-yard interception return for a score in the first half on a great catch at the line of scrimmage. Brown would score again in the third quarter on a 26-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown – something he couldn’t believe was happening.
“It didn’t hit me until after I crossed into the endzone,” Brown said. “My first thought was I had to get the ball. I see the ball on the ground – somebody’s got to get it. I picked it up and I’m running, and I realized that nobody was there. I was like, here we go again.”
Brown was named National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday. But Brown said he was most excited to know that his mom was in the stands for the best game of his career.
“I was real excited to know that my mom was there to see my performance. That really made my day,” he said. “To be able to look up in the stands and see that she was there – that really blessed me more than anything.”
Brown continually showed thanks to God, the coaching staff, and his teammates for his performance in interviews this week.
“I’m very thankful to be on the team with great players. I’m on the field with great players, a great coaching staff, and I just thank God for that. I’m proud to be a Tiger.”
Brown and his defensive comrades will have possibly their biggest challenge yet Saturday night against Georgia Tech. But #90 isn’t worried, and knows that his team controls its own destiny.
“We just have to go out and play to the best of our abilities and we’ll be alright.”
Right now, for Brown, it’s still all smiles on cloud nine.