Q&A with Javaris Brown
Compiled by Raj Sagar, UVa Athletics Media Relations
Javaris Brown is learning on the job as he competes for the first time as a Cavalier. The redshirt freshman from Macon, Ga., has started each of the first two games, recording three catches for a team-high 61 yards. Last Saturday, he caught his first career touchdown, a 56-yard strike from QB Jameel Sewell. He sits down with VirginiaSports.com to talk about a variety of subjects.
What were you able to learn about the game during your redshirt season last year?
Brown: I learned a lot from Kevin (Ogletree). He taught me how to release at the line and to make sure not to catch the ball with your body. Playing on the scout team was also a great learning experience. Going up against Ras-I (Dowling) and Vic (Hall) every day in practice helped in learning how to get open.
What was your welcome to the ACC moment?
Brown: The first play I got on the field against William and Mary has to be it. I just threw a little block, but playing at game speed was a great feeling.
Describe your first career TD catch against TCU last week.
Brown: It was an incredibly exciting moment. I would have liked it to be earlier in the game, but getting in the end zone for the first time is definitely memorable.
How would you describe the receiving corps on this team?
Brown: We are a young group of guys who work extremely hard and push each other. We don’t consider there to be starters among us. Instead, we all fight every day to get better and make each other better.
Which NFL receiver have you learned the most from?
Brown: There’s not one particular guy, but I always root for the smaller receivers like Santana Moss. Seeing them succeed motivates me as a smaller guy.
Describe your playing style as a wide receiver.
Brown: I am an open field guy. I try to get the ball in the open field and make people miss. I don’t have much height, so I make up for it with my speed.
You played basketball in high school. What kind of player were you?
Brown: I played point guard in high school. I was more of a shoot-first point guard (laughs) and I loved to run the floor.
How is it playing in Coach Brandon’s offensive system?
Brown: It gives us a lot of opportunities as playmakers. The system gives us chances, and we just have to read the play and then execute.
What is your best football memory?
Brown: The first game of last season, against USC, with 65,000 people screaming was my best memory. Even though I wasn’t going to play that game, just being a part of the program and tradition at UVa is an incredible feeling.
What does it mean to you to start two games as a freshman?
Brown: We don’t really look at it that way. There’s no guarantee I start the next game, and we see ourselves as competing for the starting job every week. I just try to go out there and work hard every play in practice so I can get a chance in the game.