Stevie Brown isn't sure what to call himself.
"Sometimes I say linebacker, sometimes I'll say safety, sometimes I just say I'm a football player," said Brown. "All depends."
Brown explained his new "hybrid" position and why UM intends to implement it.
"With a lot of teams running three, four receivers these days, until you get to, like, the Wisconsins, and Michigan States, you're usually going to have a little slot receiver out there most of the time," said Brown.
"So instead of just having a substitution come in, coach Robinson wants somebody who can play right there in that area all the time so he can get a feel for everything, so he stays in the game and is in the flow of the game at all times.
"It's more so I'm out there to help aid in the pass-coverage game with these more spread teams that are out there, and I'm still big enough that I can get in there and get in the run game."
Coach Rodriguez emphasized the importance of Brown having a great, not just a good year.
"I'm sure he's hungry, too. Stevie has gotten some criticism. People have pointed the finger at him. And sometimes it's like your quarterback on offense, it's (the criticism) not unjustified. I think he's hungry to prove himself."