Brown and Fieler Arrive at UVa

Brown and Fieler Arrive at UVa

Virginia welcomed a pair of new faces on Monday, as the new semester began. Five-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown and Fork Union Military Academy post graduate Jacob Fieler are set to participate in spring practices. Will any of them make an immediate impact in the fall?

Schools is back in session. Virginia welcomed back its students on Monday including two newcomers to the football team, early enrollees five-star Virginia Beach (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown and Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy offensive tackle Jacob Fieler.

Both athletes will now be available for spring practice, but can they make a huge impact on the field as soon as they arrive?

Andrew Brown

Brown could be called upon in his true freshman season, especially with Brent Urban's graduation.

Scouting Report: There is a reason he is the top defensive tackle the 2014-he is the complete package. He is fast, powerful and explosive. He doesn't only use brute strength against lineman, he also has a high motor.

"He is pushing 300 pounds but has the foot speed of a 250 pound defensive end," explained National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn. "He plays out of a four-point stance a lot and it allows him to burst well and stay low to win the pad level battle, and yet he keeps his balance and is quick moving laterally."

Brown plays with a low pad level and at the Under Armour All-America practices he was a menace for most interior lineman that lined up across from him during 1-on-1sessions. He used his power to split double-teams but also showed a couple of counter moves as a pass rusher. But just like at the Opening, the story in many of his 1-on-1 sessions in Florida were his hands. Brown uses them well, and his focus on them usually wins him more battles than not. He makes quick moves with his hands allowing him time to counter with power.

The most important thing to remember about Brown, he is good now. But he only just began getting involved with a weight lifting routine. Ponder that for a second.

To sum up, he is good in with this technique, but remains a very coachable tackle.

Jacob Fieler

Fieler is projected as a two-star offensive guard by Scout.com. He is not expected to make make an immediate impact in games in 2014, but he will definitely have a role on a roster that laced depth last season.

Scouting Report: The 6-foot-6, 290 pounder has the size, his strength, however, will need to improve for the next level. Looking at his tape, you can see moments where Fieler stays low and moves well from the snap. But he will need to find consistency at the next level.

"There are times he doesn't fire off the ball well and doesn't demonstrate initial punch," said Dohn. "He needs to work on his athleticism and being able to find defenders on the second level, and his feet need to improve so he can be effective pulling as a guard."

With a foot injury sidelining him his junior season in high school, Fieler decided to prep at Fork union, which allowed him to face better talent, and gain some strength.

"This isn't a move that will pay off immediately, but taking a 6-6, 290-pound kid with some agility and he could turn into a steal for the Cavs. It's always about development, especially for the offensive linemen, but the physical skills exist for him to one day be a starter on the offensive line".

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