"He's still young, but his effort is phenomenal. His burst to the football is what I've been impressed with, but he's got big shoes to fill."
McKelvey said he teases Brown that he's filling those shoes admirably so far. He had to do the same at Berkeley High School in South Carolina, where he followed Omar and then middle brother Kory Brown (who signed with Kentucky in February).
All three are safeties.
"I've dealt with this before," McKelvey said. "The same thing happened in high school but I told Omar that once he was gone, I took over real quick."
And, until he fills his brother's roomy cleats, McKelvey's teammates have a nickname for him if he doesn't like being called Omar.
According to McKelvey: "Some people just call me 30 1/2."
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MARSHALL WILL hold an intrasquad scrimmage today at 3 p.m.
The practice was originally scheduled for Saturday morning but Holliday moved the scrimmage to dodge forecasted inclement weather this weekend.
The scrimmage is open to the public.
Today's practice is No. 12 of 15 practices of the spring. Marshall's final week of spring drills will include practices Tuesday and Thursday followed by the Green-White spring game on Friday, April 28.
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THE ANNUAL Big Green Banquet is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at Marshall's on-campus Student Recreation Center.
Current National Football League players Ahmad Bradshaw, Daniel Baldridge, Chris Crocker, Byron Leftwich, Doug Legursky and Chris Massey are all scheduled to attend the event.
The 34th annual Big Green Banquet, touted as "An Evening with the Pros," will be hosted by Chad Pennington.
Individual tickets are $80 and can be purchased through the Big Green office by calling 304-696-4661. The banquet starts at 7 p.m.
The event is the night before Marshall's Green-White spring football game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
Contact Chuck McGill at chuck.mcg...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.