Patrick Brown showing he's a 'Monsta'


MESQUITE, Texas -- Patrick Brown (Henderson, Texas/Henderson) is known around his town as “Monsta.” While he is only 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, there’s a reason why he has the nickname.

No matter where he plays on the field, Brown has been effective all season long. He is Henderson’s most dangerous athlete, and Celina, Texas, found that out on Friday, as he rushed for 141 yards and five touchdowns in a 64-35 win in a Texas Class 3A Division II playoff matchup.

Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and Central Arkansas have offered Brown thus far. Where he will play in college, however, is still a mystery. He has played quarterback, receiver, running back, cornerback and safety, and he contributes regularly on special teams.

“It really doesn’t matter to me,” Brown said of where he’ll play in college. “They can put me at receiver or put me at safety. Either way, I’m going to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

As a junior, Brown recorded 20 total touchdowns. Ten came from receptions, six from kickoff and punt returns, three from rushes and one on defense. Last year’s Henderson team advanced to the Texas 3A Division I state semifinal round. Brown has a state title under his belt, as well, as he was a utility player on Henderson’s 2010 championship team as a sophomore.

Brown, who runs Henderson’s offense at quarterback, has 1,246 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns this season. While he’s no longer lining up at receiver, he does have 20 receptions for 340 yards and two scores this season, and playing as a slot receiver might be his natural position in college.

Whatever the decision, Brown’s objective is simple. He wants to defeat his opponent, make a name for himself and help his team win. In short, he wants to be a “monsta.”

“With me moving around and opening up for other people, I know it helps the team,” Brown said. “I’m cool with opening up things for my teammates. Whatever I have to do, as long as it’s helping my team out, I’ll do it.”

In addition to his offers, Brown also has received looks from TCU and Baylor.