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UVa Football Commitment Andrew Brown Named Gatorade National Player of the Year

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Andrew Brown has verbally committed to play football at UVa Andrew Brown has verbally committed to play football at UVa

Defensive Tackle Andrew Brown from Oscar Smith HS in Chesapeake has been named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.

"Words can not express how thankful I am, and how blessed I'm feeling right now," says Brown.  "This truly made my year, my life, you know?"

Brown has 93 tackles, 18 sacks, and six fumble recoveries this season, and received the award from former UVa star Tiki Barber in a surprise ceremony at Oscar Smith High School.

"It tells me I've put in a lot of hard work to get to where I am now, and also that there is still work to be done," says Smith.

Barber says, "I think the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award is so unique because it's not just about what an athlete does on the field.  It encompasses who he is as a person, his achievement in the classroom, and his involvement in the community.  Andrew exemplifies the best of all of those, and in going to UVa, he's going to get the right guidance.

Andrew Brown has led Oscar Smith (14-0) to Saturday's Group 6A state championship game against Centreville at 4pm at Scott Stadium.

Brown says, "Some of my goals when I get to UVa will be first get established in the school system and get adjusted to college life.  Second will be to make a name, not only for the program but for myself as well.  I got to live up to the expectations and except my responsibility as one of the top players in the nation."

Brown is only the third Virginian to win the award, joining Hampton's Ronald Curry in 1998, and Tabb's Terry Kirby in 1989.

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