By Justin Whitaker
— While the Brownsburg football team enjoyed its first undefeated regular season since 1994 this past season, former Bulldogs at the Division I level experienced success as well.
Three former Brownsburg players went to three different bowls for their respective schools.
Chris Jones (Class of 2009), senior defensive tackle at Bowling Green, played in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.; Kyle Christy (Class of 2011), sophomore punter at Florida, played in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans; and Charles Torwudzo (Class of 2010), sophomore wide receiver at Purdue, was on the roster but did not play for the Heart of Dallas Bowl in Dallas.
Each team lost their respective bowl game as Bowling Green (8-5) fell 29-20 to San Jose State, Florida (11-2) was defeated 33-23 by Louisville, and Purdue (6-7) lost 58-14 to Oklahoma State.
Jones and Christy were both impact players for their teams, earning multiple individual honors.
Jones was named the 2012 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and First-Team All-MAC, and was selected by the Associated Press as a Third-Team All-American. The team captain started all 13 games his senior season while recording 42 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 19.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He was third in the country in sacks and tied for seventh in tackles for loss.
The 6-foot-1, 293-pound defensive tackle’s best game of the season came against Miami (OH) when he racked up three tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a 23-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in a 37-12 win.
During his career at Bowling Green, Jones was a three-time All-MAC selection, including a two-time first-teamer.
Jones moved to Brownsburg from Midland, Mich., during the end of his sophomore year and the Bulldogs benefited the next two years.
“He’s a kid of very high character and he had a switch that would flip on and nobody could contain him,” Bronwsburg coach Brett Comer said. “He freaked out a couple times in high school where he was just unbelievably on fire.”
Comer mentioned a game against Harrison where five guys had to hold Jones back and “they weren’t doing a very good job of it.”
Christy enjoyed a fruitful season down south for the Gators. The 6-foot-2 punter was selected as a finalist for the Ray Guy Award (the nation’s best punter), won the College Football Performance Awards Punter Trophy, and was named a member of the Walter Camp All-America Second Team and a CBSSports.com All-American.
He averaged 45.8 yards per punt in 2012 to set a school record. Christy was fifth in the nation in punting average and top in the SEC.
The first-team all-conference punter was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after a performance against South Carolina where he set a single-game school record with a 54.3 per punt average and he also added a season-best punt of 62 yards.
While at Brownsburg, Christy, a placekicker first, had reservations about taking up punting. He split time his junior year as a punter, used only when the Bulldogs needed, “a big one or a typical punt.”
He soon bought into what Comer was preaching about being a versatile special teams specialist in order to help garner scholarship offers. After attending some camps, Christy gained offers from Florida and LSU.
“He learned how to punt,” Comer said. “He worked with our coaches and he also got a personal coach. That’s a testament to the kid. He taught himself, among others, and learned how to punt. And now he’s one of the best punters in the country and who knows if the letters N-F-L will be in his future. But he’s got as good of a chance as anybody in the county to be an NFL punter.”
Christy led the state his senior year at Brownsburg with 42.4 yards per punt and Comer said he single-handily helped beat Westfield that season.
“We beat Westfield because of him,” he said. “He flipped the field three different times and put it inside the 10. And we’re not talking about 40 yard punts, we’re talking about 50s and 60s.”
Towudzo’s injuries have limited his playing time but under new Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell, he hopes to see the field more.
“They are definitely excited with a new coach and a fresh start,” Comer said. “Hopefully that will work out well for him because he’s bounced around a little bit. He’s gotten to play a little bit this year but not a lot of major minutes by any means. But with a new coach, you get a new start and he’s got a new life, if you will.”
The 6-foot-4, 223-pound wide receiver is an uncommon matchup for opposing cornerbacks who typically hover at around 6-feet.
“He’s a matchup nightmare,” Comer said. “To have a high school receiver that was that big and that ran as well as he did was an advantage to us. Especially in our offense.”
Playing in Brownsburg’s power running attack limited the amount of balls thrown Towudzo’s way but helped make him that much more valuable.
“He really had to accept a lesser role,” Comer said. “If he would have been at another school in the shotgun spread that threw the ball 40 times a game, the kid would have had a 100 catches on the year. Because of what we do offensively ... it was nice to have him out there because if people wanted to put eight or nine kids in the box to stop the run, it meant we had one-on-one coverage with one of the best receivers in Indiana.”