BROWNELL TAKES A BIG STEPFeatures | 1/2/2014 2:01:55 AM | Alex Pagliano
At the close of last season’s training camp, Kevin Brownell may have been an afterthought to some. After all, the Buffalo Bandits rookie from Robert Morris University was a third-round selection and the fourth transition player picked by the team in that year’s draft.
"I was on the practice roster to the start the season," he said. "Being on the practice roster gave me an opportunity to learn from some of the veteran players on the team and pick up some things along the way. I just tried to progress over the course of the year with an emphasis on this season."
The culmination of his hard work earned him a spot on the active roster this season; one that was well-deserved, according to Cordingley.
"The goal that he scored in the second quarter in transition where he went into the corner and [grabbed] the loose ball and then had a guy chase him as he pulled away to score was nice," Cordingley said.
"I knew the team needed a spark," Brownell said. "I was just trying to play my role out there tonight. We have a lot of new guys trying to fit into a new system, so things seem scrambled at times. But I tried to put a lot of effort into the little things out there and it worked out. On the goal, I just [grabbed] the loose ball and then saw the opportunity to just take off."
Looking ahead, the Bandits have an added week of practice to prepare for the Toronto Rock at First Niagara Center on Jan. 10. The bonus week, according to Brownell, comes at an opportune time.
"I think our [offensive struggles] came from a lot of things,” he said. “A lot of new players on the roster that have not played with each other yet. Going into practice this week, we'll hopefully get back to basics and try to work on those things four our game against Toronto. I'm very confident in the guys that we have in our room. This loss is just a minor setback. The sky is the limit for us."