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In Focus: CB Ron Brooks
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Published: October 20, 2011, 01:00 PM (CT)
by Melani Johnson, SID Student Assistant

Ron Brooks Makes Impact on Defense and Special Teams

LSU senior defensive back and special teams contributor Ron Brooks doesn't count sheep to help lull himself to sleep but instead dreams about intercepting the football.

Brooks' dream became a reality last season against UL-Monroe when he returned his first collegiate interception for a 32-yard touchdown. This season, Brooks dreams of something bigger and better.

"My main goal and main focus this season is to help my team win a national championship," said Brooks. "I'm going to do whatever I can do to help my team achieve that goal."

Brooks believes the infamous "honey badger," cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, has helped put the Tigers in the right mindset to dominate future competition on their road to victory.

"Even though Tyrann is a younger player, he has a big heart and he is very wise in what he says," said Brooks. "He came to the team and talked to us about having a certain kind of mindset. You have to envision yourself making plays."

Brooks took Mathieu's advice to heart and saw it as something he needed to work on.

"I make sure I'm focused not only during the game but throughout the week as well," said Brooks. "I mentally prepare myself and see myself making plays."

To help him prepare mentally Brooks looks to his dad, Anthony, for support on and off the field.

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"I talk to him before and after the games as much as possible and he just lets me know that I have to go out there and make a statement," said Brooks. "People look at me and I am smaller than most of the players on the field, but my dad always reminds me to go out there and play with my heart and also play with energy, speed and physicality. That's what I try to do on each and every snap that I'm in."

Anthony Brooks was a wide receiver for Texas A&M Commerce and also played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers.

"To have a dad who has been on the same level as me and played at the level I aspire to play at has been a big help for me," said Brooks. "He's able to help me try to avoid the road blocks and he lets me know what to look for and what's coming up ahead."

As for preparing physically, Brooks worked out this summer with former LSU player and New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster.

"He taught me various techniques and just got my feet working and all kinds of little things that I could do to increase my abilities on the field," Brooks said.

Brooks not only dreams of interceptions and national championships but hopes one day he can follow in the footsteps of both his father and Webster.

"After the season I'm planning on entering my name in the draft and seeing how that goes," said Brooks. "I also promised my dad that he would see me walk the stage (at graduation) so that's really one of my main focuses right now besides trying to get to the next level. I have to make sure I hold up my end of the bargain and get my degree."

If playing in the NFL doesn't work out, Brooks plans on getting his MBA and realtor's license in hopes of starting his own firm.

When asked if he dreams about another interception this season Brooks laughed and said, "Oh yeah, I do that every week."

Look out for Brooks. Dreams can become reality.

 

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