Rolesville QB signs to play for South Florida
Marty Simpkins | Restoration NewsMedia
Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown is pictured with his parents and younger brother on his signing day. Brown started classes at the University of South Florida this month.
ROLESVILLE — Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown officially signed to play with the University of South Florida football team on Dec. 15.
Brown graduated early and was scheduled to start classes at USF this month. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior said he’s ready to get started.
“It feels great to officially be part of the Bulls family,” Brown said. “I honestly can’t put this into words. It means everything to me. It’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to get to campus Jan. 5 and get to work.”
Brown holds all of Rolesville’s passing records in his three years as a starter on varsity. He finished his career with 8,122 passing yards and 87 touchdowns. He also ran for a total of 2,074 yards and 26 touchdowns. This past year, he won the NAC 6 player of the year honor for throwing for almost 5,000 yards and 56 touchdowns.
“Everything that everyone said about Byrum is true,” Rolesville head coach Martin Samek said. “I’ve been coaching football since 1995. Byrum is one of the few football players that I will never forget. I’ll always remember what he has done and the things he has achieved.”
Brown also led Rolesville to its first 4-A state championship this past year, but the Rams lost to Vance in the title game. Rolesville almost made it back to the state championship this season, but lost to Cardinal Gibbons in the 4-A East Regional final.
No other quarterback in Rolesville history has had more wins, touchdowns and yards than Brown.
“I’m going to cherish all the memories I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Brown said. “All the way from being a backup on junior varsity to now. I’ve created so many memories with all the other guys.”
Brown added that he will major in biology at USF. He wants to be an orthodontist if football doesn’t work out for him. Overall, he said he’s ready to play at the next level.
“I’m most excited about the competition that I will face at the college level,” Brown said. “It will great to see my skillset develop. I want to be a great quarterback and a great person.”
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