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Rookie LB Zach Brown Ties NFL Record for Most Interception Return TDs in Game

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2012 – 5:35 pm

Zach Brown, Tommie Campbell, Toney ClemonsHead coach Mike Munchak said Sunday the Titans have three “special” linebackers in Akeem Ayers, Colin McCarthy and Zach Brown.

The latter, the rookie from North Carolina, gave Munchak every reason to feel confident about his linebacker corps going forward.

Brown intercepted Jaguars QB Chad Henne twice for touchdowns — and he could have had another had he not dropped his first chance early in the game.

Brown’s first pick went for 79 yards and his first career touchdown, tying the game at 14 late in the second quarter. It was the team’s longest interception return since Jordan Babineaux’s 97-yarder at Cleveland on Oct. 2, 2011.

In the third quarter he struck again, picking off a Henne pass and racing 30 yards for a score to give the Titans a 35-14 advantage.

Brown tied the NFL record (reached several times) for most interception return touchdowns in a game, and he became the third player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Miller Farr (Dec. 7, 1968) and Ken Houston (Dec. 19, 1971).

“It felt good to get the picks,” Brown said after the game. “The first one, I dropped it, but coach (Munchak) told me he’d throw me another one. I was just waiting for it. He threw it to me two times, and I should have had one more, but it is what it is.”

Brown said Henne has a tendency to stare down defenders, so he began taking “a little quick peek” on Henne’s passes that were often intended for his go-to target Mercedes Lewis.

“It feels good, and it’s something as a defensive player that you want to do,” Brown added. “We’re not in the playoffs, but in any event, we were still playing to win. For us, it’s just pride kicking in. If you don’t like to play the game to win, then you shouldn’t be here at all.”

Brown’s touchdowns gave the team four interceptions for touchdowns in 2012.


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12 Responses to “Rookie LB Zach Brown Ties NFL Record for Most Interception Return TDs in Game”

  1. By MM on Dec 31, 2012 | Reply

    He is a best and played well for someone they said was “soft” coming out the draft

  2. By Titanman45 on Jan 2, 2013 | Reply

    Zach Brown…. with the right coaching he can be the next Ray Ray Lewis. But this guy Speed is unreal for his size. Next year Pro Bowl….

  3. By fredrick boothman on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    i agree zach is only get better next year in sacks and interceptions but need to draft another lb because colin seems injury pron go brown make pro bowl next year

  4. By Alex Mason on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    What we need Fredrick is not to draft another LB, because Colin is our guy and putting another inexperienced player in there will hinder the D. If I were in charge of the roster I would find a guy who has good leadership skills and experience who could keep the D together if Colin goes down again.

  5. By fredrick boothman on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    theres nothing wrong with adding another lb to the lb rotationif picked in first round a dt or de in first if not a lb 1rd needs to be defense

  6. By fredrick boothman on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    even better draft a dc first round

  7. By fredrick boothman on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    1rd defense 2rd ol 3rd ol 4rd db 5rd rb 7rd ol is how i see this draft that can change if they trade down and get more pickslike extra 2 3 4

  8. By fredrick boothman on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    why are they not doing any thing about there dc and oc they be fired already and team should be in hard search for new ones not doing rewinds on players we allready know what they did 2012 season very poor to read a waste of timei want to read about what changes they make in there coaching stage come on get on with it already just because adams gives you another chance munchak doesn’t mean ya get to sit on your ass and do nothing need new dc-oc

  9. By layne on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    We have future superstars at the LB positions. Now get some defensiveback and some pass rush help then our defensive play should be more consistent. We need to get a big back to get us the tough yards in the redzone get back to a two RB system like 2008-09 with WHITE and JOHNSON.

  10. By layne on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Also agree we should be shopping for new COACHES on both sides of the ball.

  11. By fredrick boothman on Jan 18, 2013 | Reply

    munchak has lost his mind he hired loggains as oc tell me it isn’t so . since he has lost his mind he keeping jerry gray to . if i was titans players i would demand trades instead of pissing away my career in tennessee. all that talent on titans just going to waste what a shame

  12. By fredrick boothman on Jan 21, 2013 | Reply

    they should fire jerry gray and hire ray lewis as their defensive coordinator i think ray could be the next great defensive coach in the nfl he has a high IQ FOR DEFENSE

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