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Alabama DB Tony Brown runs in first outdoor event of track season

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Fans continue to pack out in South Carolina, as day two of the Southeastern Conference’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships continued on Friday. Among the participants for the University of Alabama was Tony Brown, who enters his senior year at defensive back in the fall.

Brown took the field in his first outdoor meet of the season, and clocked a time of 10.37 seconds in the 100-meter dash for prelims. Despite placing 11th nationally, he did not advance to Saturday’s final. Regardless of the mark, the 198-pounder turned in a stellar track and field career – earning first team All-American honors in 2015 (4×100 relay) and 2016 (100m hurdles) after winning a Texas Class 4A state championship in 2013.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Brown is one of multiple players that will be expected to step up on defense next season. In his return from a four-game suspension in 2016, he totaled 32 tackles – including 2.5 for loss and half a sack. Brown would also account for two of the Crimson Tide’s 16 interceptions, with one coming off the arm of Florida Gators’ quarterback Austin Appleby in the SEC Championship Game.

Alabama went on to win that matchup, 54-16. Along with his work on the field, Brown was one of nine Tide players to earn a bachelor’s degree during the university’s spring commencement.

He made it across the stage in three years.

***All information above on Tony Brown is provided via press release from UA’s athletic department of communications***

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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