BOZEMAN – There’s one big factor that has contributed to the success of the Bozeman Hawks this football season, and that’s quarterback Kris Brown. Through seven games this season, the California native has eclipsed 2,000 total offensive yards.
“That was definitely the goal. That was definitely what I was hoping for, but just to accomplish that it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Brown.
Brown has 1,687 yards through the air and 17 touchdowns. He has a completion percentage of 66 percent and a quarterback rating of 120, making him one of the deadliest quarterbacks in the state.
“Confidence. I think confidence is the No. 1 thing you keep coming back to it,” said Bozeman head coach Levi Wesche when asked what is Brown’s biggest strength. “He feels really comfortable in our offense. I think he feels comfortable with what he’s supposed to be doing and how he’s leading this team.”
Brown was a first-year starter last season when the Hawks were the eighth seed in the playoffs. But it’s a completely different season for Bozeman, which entered Friday as the last undefeated team in Class AA at 7-0. The same thing can be said under center for Brown.
“I would just say the game is slower. I think junior year, everything was moving very fast. It seemed like everything was a million miles per hour, and I think just getting that experience has really helped me this year,” said Brown.
The biggest change comes on the ground. Last year Brown had negative-12 rushing yards. This season he has 329 yards and four touchdowns.
“Be a willing runner is what I told him, and I think he’s done that. I think in the past he’s wanted to extend the play and throw the ball, but he’s a big strong kid who’s really fast and started taking advantage of those natural abilities,” Wesche said.
But even through his success, Brown is still humble.
“Everyone around me makes me look better than I am. The offensive line … is amazing: They’ve been playing outstanding, giving me time to pass,” said Brown. “I got receivers, as well, that are making excellent catches.”
This season has certainly put Brown on the map to achieve his dream of playing Division I college football.
“I know he can play at the next level, I believe he’s a Division I-type quarterback with his arm strength and what he can do with his feet,” said Wesche. “So yes, he can definitely play at the next level.”
“It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid,” said Brown. “And I think just to get to play at that next level would be really exciting.”