Well, there would be no excuses. And perhaps 10 wins.
If you want to put a smile on the face of anyone in the Colorado football program, other than scout team receivers, all you have to do is stop them and ask about the 5-foot-7, 170-pound senior cornerback who has had a big impact during his four seasons in Boulder.
"I`m going to miss everything about Cha`pelle," CU secondary coach Greg Brown said. "It`s really going to be a sad day for me personally when he graduates. I`ve actually been dreading that day for years now, I really have. He means so much to this program."
Cha`pelle Brown led the Buffs with 10 tackles last Saturday during the 35-34 victory over Texas A&M.
"He`s one of the guys that will be remembered a long time around here," said CU running backs coach Darian Hagan, who recruited Cha`pelle out of La Puente, Calif. "He`s a guy that is unselfish, played his butt off and never complained about anything. He does everything right and he`s a joy to be around and a joy to talk to. He`s a guy that`s going to be missed."
Cha`pelle has a tattoo on his chest called "The Brown Five," which is a tribute to his two brothers and two talented football-playing cousins. Theolder Browns were there for him growing up.
"I was always the littlest dude on the block," Cha`pelle said. "We played football every day and basketball every day, and that`s how I learned how to play. I was the youngest and if I had to get the ball up in basketball or make a play in football, that`s what I had to do."
Cha`pelle is a fantastic basketball player who is famous for throwing down some ferocious dunks, despite his diminutive stature.
"I have never looked at my size as a hindrance," he said.
One of his cousins, Travis Brown, played wide receiver at New Mexico and signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Rams this season.
Greg Brown, a longtime secondary coach in the NFL, believes Cha`pelle has what it takes to compete at the next level. He also knows that scouts are going to stiff-arm his favorite pupil because he doesn`t measure up to their physical standards.
"He can play now," Greg Brown insists. "He`s a coach out there on the field. He has a sixth sense in coverage. And as far as knowing what`s going on and reading offenses, he`s like a computer out there."
Jimmy Smith, Cha`pelle`s roommate during their first year at CU, will probably get an opportunity to play at the next level when his college career is finished (he`s a redshirt junior). At 6-2, 210, he has all the physical tools NFL defensive coordinators are looking for. He`ll really have it made if he competes with the same spirit as his friend.
"Cha`pelle plays with confidence, heart, passion, all that," Smith said. "He`s kind of like Bob Sanders from the Colts."
If Smith were to get first-round money after leaving CU, perhaps he will buy his buddy a new car with an automatic transition.
"I do have one story about Cha`pelle that I can tell," Smith says with a smile. "I bought my car going into my redshirt freshman year and he said, 'Whatever you do don`t get a stick.` I end up buying a stick.
"So we`re driving back home to California together and we get to like Arizona or Utah and we stop and get into a parking lot so I can try to teach him how to drive it. We`re parked at the gas pump and there`s like a truck in front of us and he gets into the driver`s seat and as soon as we get ready to go, he doesn`t know that you have to push the stick down to put it in reverse.
"He puts it in first and doesn`t know. Somehow a girl is walking through, he takes off and barely misses the girl, her parent is freaking out, and I`m in the front seat laughing the whole time."
With only three more games promised to him, Cha`pelle is 44th on CU`s all-time tackles list with 268.
"We had some good times here," Cha`pelle said. "We never forget that little road trip we had together."
Cha`pelle`s 27-yard interception return for a touchdown that provided the winning points in the Buffs` 31-24 win over Eastern Washington last year marked a first in school history: never before had CU used a defensive score in the fourth quarter as the decisive play to come from behind or break a tie for a win.
"Real proud," Cha`pelle said of his CU career. "I`ve got to end it in the right way, but I`m proud of how it went here."