Kendrick's dynamic duo, LBs Brown and Lewis sign scholarships at Albany State

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Kendrick signing Pictured: standing from left--James Lewis, dad, LaTonya Hamilton, asst. principal, Jerry Dukes, Dr. Alonzo James, principal, Collins Jones, Samuel Hammett, Emmanuel's father (stepdad, but mom specified he's considered his father) Sitting from left: Lavernea Lewis, mom, Marvin Lewis, Emmanuel Brown, Nikki Hammett, Emmanuel's mom


Marvin Lewis and Emmanuel Brown aren’t brothers by blood, but were as close as you can get as a tandem on Kendrick’s defense.

Understandably, the linebackers considered themselves a package deal when making their decision on where to play college football. They made it official on Wednesday when they signed scholarships to play at Albany State in the fall.

“He’s more like a brother to me,” Brown said of Lewis. “It was easy to decide to go to the same place. We always said we wanted to go to the same college.”

“We’ve been a package since freshman year,” Lewis agreed. “That’s my brother right there.”

Lewis and Brown led the Kendrick defense over the past two seasons, helping a team that had experienced very little success to a winning season and first-round playoff victory in 2013.

Kendrick finished 7-5 in 2013 and 5-6 in 2012. The former was the team’s first winning season since 1995.

Brown notched 95 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior, while Lewis had 85 and 10 sacks. Brown was named first-team All-Bi-City.

Now, the goal is to have the same success as a dynamic duo at the next level.

“We’re going to wreck someone,” Lewis joked. “We have to have the same intensity, just got to step it up a notch.”

Brown said both expect to be able to step in at Albany State and compete for playing time right away.

Albany State won the 2013 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Centennial football championship over Miles College. After a 1-4 start, it won its final five games of the season, including a 19-10 victory over Fort Valley State at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.

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