No backlash from Florida decision, MLK’s Brown says

Martin Luther King High’s Mack Brown said he hasn’t caught any flak from the locals despite his recent decision to sign with the Florida Gators.

“Oh, no, nobody has given me a hard time about it,” the No. 1 running back in Georgia said of choosing the Gators over the Bulldogs. “Everybody I’ve talked to has just told me congratulations.”

Obviously Brown doesn’t hang around on message boards . . . or recruiting blogs.

The truth is, Brown’s allegiance to Florida predates his intense two-year recruitment, according to his coach.

“All the way back when he first came to MLK Mack said he wanted to go to Florida,” MLK coach Corey Jarvis said. “I was surprised he didn’t commit to them when they first offered. The only thing that concerned him was the [Gators’] offense. Then he got real excited when Georgia started recruiting him because that’s Tailback U.”

It didn’t hurt that UGA’s campus is less than an hour away from his house. In the end, however, Florida convinced Brown in an extensive videotape session this past weekend that, under quarterback John Brantley next season, it will return to being a tailback-oriented offense.

“When Florida showed me what they were going to do and how they were going to use me, I knew that’s where I was going to go,” Brown said.

Brown acknowledged that he got more than a little pressure from his Atlanta buddies Ken Malcome, Alec Ogletree, Garrison Smith and T.J. Stripling to join them in Athens. But Brown said they’ve backed off since he went public with his decision. In fact, he said, Ogletree and Smith called to congratulate him.

Meanwhile, Brown said he has not heard from Georgia coaches since his announcement. With signing day still six months away, no doubt he eventually will.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Georgia,” he said.

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ATL Scout

July 29th, 2009
5:30 pm

Gator Growl

July 29th, 2009
5:33 pm

Oh I’m sure that Mack will get some pressure to change his mind but I am also confident that he knows he made a good decision. It’s not like Florida started recruiting him last night and there is alot of confidence and trust there on both sides. There are many rival fans who probably think Meyer sold MB a bill of goods, but if you go back to the Chris Leak days and or Utah and Bowling green you will see how well UM adapts his scheme to personel. That is one of the things that makes him such a great coach and you will often hear him say that there is no “set” offense at Florida, that it is totally adaptive…

Lord of The Lizards

July 29th, 2009
5:39 pm

Urban Meyer himself recruited this guy. How many times do you see the HC take the lead on getting a recruit, much less the HC of the national champions?! “nough said.

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
5:40 pm

He will be a feature back soon in the Gators backfield. But they will also have Moody (Jr), Rainey (Soph), Gillesie (Fresh), and Demps (Soph) in that backfield with Brantley, too. It will be a continued scary Florida offense…and defense, for years to come.

Dorsey Hill

July 29th, 2009
5:47 pm

Gator Growl,

And it has adapted to create how many 1,000 yard backs? How many first round RB’s? No doubt Meyer has had productive offenses, but there is also no doubt that his skill position players haven’t exactly lit it up in the NFL nor have they found themselves attractive to NFL scouts. What happens with Mack when UF doesn’t go to the I-formation on a regular basis? I think that Meyer is taking a big risk by promising change to these recruits. Why doesn’t he just sell winning and keep doing what’s working? We’ll see I suppose but I’m guessing Tebow is back in the shotgun formation most of the time next year and Matt Elam and Mack Brown are going to have tough decisions to make.

Reptiles

July 29th, 2009
5:48 pm

Let’s see…you get to go play for the top program in one of the wildest enviornments with the craziest fans in an awesome stadium in the best conference in America. You can go there, work hard and do your thing without the pressure of carrying the whole team because of the athletes around you. You will have the opportunity to wear a ring and be called a champion…something that no one will ever be able to take away from you.

True fan

July 29th, 2009
5:49 pm

tampagator, what happened to Cameron Newton?

Gator Growl

July 29th, 2009
5:56 pm

Dorsey, there is no doubt that Tebow will be in the shotgun this year but Tim won’t be there when Mack arrives. And there is NO WAY that Johnny Brantley will be running the ball more than a couple of times a day, he wouldn’t last half the season. Tebow’s carries will have to go to someone and that someone will most likely be the tailback.

Gator Growl

July 29th, 2009
5:58 pm

Mean’t Brantley won’t be running the ball more than a couple of times A GAME…sorry. Tim is built like a fullback, John looks more like most QBs out there…with his forte being a lazer arm.

EYES LOVES DOGS

July 29th, 2009
6:02 pm

Daddys got a new job.

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
6:09 pm

Cameron Newton, after being suspended by Meyer for stealing another students notebook and for not going to class, left for jr. college this last spring. Guess what coach and school is already talking about offering him….Kiffin and Tennessee. Show me your “drop outs and behavioral problem athletes” and let me sign them up….signed….Lame Kiffin.

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
6:09 pm

….same applies to Houston Nutt at Ole Miss (Jamar Hornsby).

Wildgator

July 29th, 2009
6:14 pm

Mack will be alright being a Gator. Urban will tweak the offense for him. Just look what he did with Chris Leak. Chris didn’t run no were near as much as Tebow, and he did run the I some with D. Wynn. So all and all Mack should be fine! GO GATORS!!!!

jack

July 29th, 2009
6:22 pm

are we still in it for eduardo clements…he looks like a pretty good back

TheItalianDawg

July 29th, 2009
6:27 pm

honestly, this is the worse pick for this kid, not because i wanted him to go to Georgia, we are loaded at tail backs, but because Florida is the graveyard for tailbacks, south Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn, Miss will surely be a better fit. I’m in fact not that impressed by Meyer offense, Tebow is just a perfect fit for that offense, he executed it to perfection. I wonder how Brantly will run Meyer offense!! Meyer is very arrogant and he will have his butt handed to him soon, Im more impressed with Florida defense which Meyer has nothing to do with it

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
6:41 pm

TheItalianDawg…Meyer is the head coach of Florida. How could he have nothing to do with the defense? The Gator’s offensive coordiantor probably doesn’t have anything to do with the defense, but the head coach does! Just go to a Gators practice, dude. He is all in the defense. The offense…and especially the special teams. Meyer’s stamp of approval is on everything the Gators do. Also, Leak (an I-formation QB) did horribly in Meyer’s offense, didn’t he? All he did was win, with Tebow’s help, a national championship. Then Meyer altered the offense to better fit Tebow’s style…another national championship. He will do the same with Brandley, who’s style is more like the QB at Utah (Smith)…guess what, probably more championships. The running backs at Utah, when Smith was the QB, has really good seasons by the way. They ran out of the “I” and many other formations that totally confused the opposition. They will do the same with Brantley, who is an unbelieveable passer and athlete. In addition, what you see as “arrogance” from Meyer is acutally “total confidence” in what he is doing. That is one reason the players at Florida absolutely love playing for him…and he instills that confidence in his players.

gatorman770

July 29th, 2009
6:43 pm

Well “TheItalianDawg” I guess Emmett Smith has the biggest NFL tailback tombstone don’t he (along with Fred Taylor, Ernest Graham, etc…….pretty nice group of corpse)?

the 1

July 29th, 2009
6:47 pm

Meyer is not worried about happens after Tebow. He will the Head Coach at Notre Dame as soon as Tebow is gone. Especially if UF wins another MNC.

MB made a bad pick on this one. RIP Mack! you won’t see more than 8-10 carriers a game if your lucky. They got their next Harvin in Andre Debose and won’t need a traditional tailback. Look at all the talent they have at tailback right now and none of them get a chance to have a great season. Wide receivers have more carries than the tailback at UF. Hopefully you’ll wise up and pick school that prepare you for the NFL, but if not good luck watching other people score.

gatorman770

July 29th, 2009
6:51 pm

Notice how the top coaches in the country are always accused of being arrogant. What’s that all about?

Bull Gator

July 29th, 2009
7:00 pm

the 1, that is an old subject, come on come up with something else

Sanity Check

July 29th, 2009
7:16 pm

Most importantly, this young man needs to read between the lines. Florida will not rely on the tailback for production in the offense. This is a quarterback system with emphasis on quarterback. If this kid wants to prepare for a chance as a pro running back, go to UGA. Besides Meyer is gone! Say what you want Florida, the man is checking out on you all very soon. Who knows what the next coach will bring and to say the least, Brown may very well be left out of the picture.

pack of smokes

July 29th, 2009
7:23 pm

the man had the bulge that would not quit!

the 1

July 29th, 2009
7:59 pm

Bull Gator – the truth never gets old. UF is currently the school that no top running back should go to if they want to get prepared for the NFL. He may win a championship but he won’t be a big contributor.

Tim Rupert

July 29th, 2009
7:59 pm

I guess Mack Brown bought the, we are going to run a Pro style offense and you have never even practiced with us, but you will be our featured back spill, but why would Mr. Crier change to a offense that he has never coached before? The kid liked Fla, this Dawg fan just hopes the kid gets what he’s buying. How can you promise a kid the featured back spot, when you have a stable of young backs. Hope it works out for Mack.

Calhoundawg

July 29th, 2009
8:07 pm

Always a bunch of Gator postings on here — and always with intelligence and good taste. There is no substitute for winning and that’s that. Until we (Dawgs) beat Florida with some regularity again, the whole discussion is moot. I’m just glad that we can keep this conversation among the SEC bretheren. What’s really beautiful about all of this for UGA is that WHEN we beat Florida, we will probably be playing for the same SEC and national championships they are. Can you imagine posting this on an USC, Oklahoma, or Ohio State blog? If it comes down to Florida versus Alabama or LSU again this year — Go Gators! Georgia has supplanted Tennessee and Auburn in any real conversation about the SEC, and for now, that’s good enough for me. Go Dawgs !!!!

WSP Dawg

July 29th, 2009
8:56 pm

Calhoundawg,
“I’m just glad that we can keep this conversation among the SEC brethren”
What conversation? The National Championship? Do you honestly think Florida fans think we can have an honest conversation with them about UGA competing with Florida for the National Championship? And who could blame them?

“If it comes down to Florida versus Alabama or LSU again this year — Go Gators!”

And I’m guessing you think both this statement and your previously quoted statement show Florida fans that you have class but at what expense? I just don’t understand ‘Go Gators’ from a dawg fan. It’s hard for me to reconcile this against passionately caring for UGA. I suspect that either you’re very young or very old or never went to UGA.

TampaDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:00 pm

What tape did UM show Brown to convince him of using him in a pro-style offense? And why would you pick UF over tailback U in UGA? The last great tailback to come out of UF was….[crickets], EXACTLY. Sounds like Brown didn’t want to have to compete. His loss, I wish him luck though.

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
9:02 pm

the 1…the last two senior starting tailbacks at Florida…Wynn and Faison…were both drafted into the NFL. Wynn (who greatly benefited from Meyer’s running back coach and from Meyer himself) soon became the starting RB for the Green Bay Packers until he serverly injured his knee. I believe he is back competing with the Packers this year. Faison was a back up for a couple of years for the Vikings and then was cut loose by the Jacksonville club last year, I believe. So this “the Gators don’t put backs in the NFL” is just bull. Meyer will son have a long list of former Gator running backs playing in the NFL. Moody will be the next one. Then he will be followed by both Demps and Rainey. Then Brown will follow them. And the list will continue after that.

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
9:07 pm

TampaDawg…when did you start watching college football. DeShawn Wynn ran out of the “I” formation when the Gators beat Ohio State for the National Championship and Leak was the QB. They also practiced running out of the “I” a lot this spring with Moody and Rainey (and a tranfter from one of the Carolina schools that I do not recall by name…but looked really good this spring). I am sure they have film of the National Championship win over Ohio State where Wynn gained a lot of critical yards and basically earned being “drafted into the NFL.” I am sure they made film of the spring practices as well. And I think Brown could easily compete with Georgia’s stable or running backs…who are you kidding.

TampaDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:09 pm

TampaGator, I don’t think any of those backs were 1st rounders. That’s like me bragging that David Greene made it to the league. Brown would’ve benefited more from Georgia’s system, no question.

MiamiDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:19 pm

I agree with TheItalianDawg Florida is a bad pick for Brown, no doubt about it.

BruffDawg

July 29th, 2009
9:28 pm

Does any coach overhaul his system for any kid? No. They will tweak it a little but not going to see FLA running the ball 40% of the time to the hb. You get the best athletes you can at each position and FLA got a good one. Will he get the stats at FLA that he would have got elsewhere? Probably not, but he will be on good football teams. Maybe he is not a stats kid. If FLA keeps the creampuff out of conference games schedule brown could see alot of mop up duty. Maybe he wants to be a hybrid back and catch alot of balls. We don’t know. Sounds like he was a gator from the get go (wrech). Either way good luck to him. Hope that commitment doesn’t change if Meyer leaves for ND.

Dewayne

July 29th, 2009
9:30 pm

Yes, Emmitt Smith and Fred Taylor were good Florida backs but they played in a different system that used the run a lot more than this system. Good luck to the kid!!! Hell, free college is a good thing no matter where you go!!!! :)

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
10:13 pm

TampaDawg…I was responding to your comment that Brown didn’t have any Gator “I formation” film to watch. I believe that was your last blog. The blog had nothing to do with being a #1 draft pick, I believe. But you are only counted as an NFL player from Florida if you are a #1 pick. If I recall correctly, Davis with the Broncos, was not even drafted (he was a free agent sign). So he does not count on your list of NFL RBs from Georgia? How silly. I don’t think that is good logic because Davis was an outstanding RB for Denver, although maybe a system back because most of Denver’s RBs have been very good over the years and not so good when they went to play for other teams.

NRBQ

July 29th, 2009
10:31 pm

TampaGagger,

If you’re too stupid to realize posters are saying that UF hasn’t produced any productive NFL running backs in the MEYER YEARS, as I believe you are, then just give it up.

Any I-formation film shown to Brown was surely from U-tube.

Hairofthedawg

July 29th, 2009
10:50 pm

Only thing I can say is I wish the kid good luck and to stay healthy. Thought he was headed to the Dawgs but guess UM track history with NC’s was a factor. Yes, CMR and the Dawgs have seemingly had more than their fair share of success of preparing players for the NFL. Time will tell on a personnal basis if this was the right choice for Brown.

Stillman C. Fl./Dawg

July 29th, 2009
11:42 pm

MB having a good career in Meyers system is like saying Coach Richt will win a national title. Ain’t gonna happen. and i am a die hard Bulldog

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 29th, 2009
11:47 pm

How many RB’s have made it tothe NFL from UF since Urban Meyere has been there? How about ZERO.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 29th, 2009
11:49 pm

Florida isn’t exactly RB University in the NFL….

TampaGator

July 29th, 2009
11:58 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh….”how about” the only starting senior RB that has played under Meyer since he has been there….DeShawn Wynn. There have been a couple of other RB who have graduated, but they were non starters and non starters do not generally go play in the NFL (unless you are a coach who did not think Terrell Davis was good enough to start for Georgia and later started for Denver in the NFL). Yes, Wynn was recruited by Zook. But he did nothing under Zook guidance and coaching. In fact, he was almost a total failure. Under his two years with Meyer, Wynn went from a do nothing, 4th-string RB on the Gators to the starting RB in the NC game against Ohio State (and played very well) and then became the starting RB for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL. So give it a break will ya…Flo-Ri-Duh? Moody will be the next RB playing in the NFL when he graduates in 2 years. Before writing your blog, please at least know what you are talking about.

TampaGator

July 30th, 2009
12:02 am

And Flo-Ri-Duh….there have been numerous bloggers on here that have provided you with a long list of past and current ex-Florida running backs in the NFL…several of them stars, major stars, and a superstar who just happens to be the leading rusher in NFL history. I would say that is fairly good credentials for RB university in the NFL. But, of course, you fail to read most entries with any reason or logic and therfore keep repeating the same old inaccuracies on an almost daily basis. Please…in the future, blog with something that is accurate and knowledgeable, would you?

TampaGator

July 30th, 2009
12:09 am

NRBQ…if you are too stupid to read, then just give up. If not for Meyer’s coaching of DeShawn Wynn, he would not have been drafted by or become the starting RB for the Green Bay Packers. Again, he is the only starting senior RB that has graduated from the University of Florida since Meyer took over. Hard to send guys to the NFL who have not graduated or left early for the NFL. Harvin, of course, left early, but he was more of a hybrid RB/WR…who just happened to have the highest per carry average in the SEC for the past two years and who was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings…as I believe Mack Brown will soon be drafted by some team in the future. There is plenty of “I formation” film from the Ohio State championship game…and throughout that NC season to show Brown, plus all the I-formation film from this year’s spring practice for the Gators. Why are there so many uninformed bloggers on here? Please read and learn something in the future…and I don’t mean just my blogs, other intelligent blogs on here, and actual factual information available to anyone who wants to do research so they can educate themselves and not appear either ignorant or blind on these blogs.

TampaGator

July 30th, 2009
12:22 am

To Flo-Ri-Duh and NRBQ…and I am trying desperately to educate the both of you…if you don’t believe Meyer ran the I-formation and an hybrid I-formation during the 2006 national championship year…just write or call Billy Lasko and ask him. He was the blocking fullback (FB)in those sets for DeShawn Wynn all year and also was the blocking FB in those formations for Chris Leak when he threw the ball. Now, it is time to put the computer down and close the book and get some sleep.

Oo facts r fun oO

July 30th, 2009
12:53 am

UF Rushing Leaders since 2004

Ciatrick Fason/RB 1267 yds. Zook/2004
DeShawn Wynn/ RB 621 yds. Meyer/2005
DeShawn Wynn/ RB 699 yds. Meyer/2006
Tim Tebow/ QB 895 yds. Meyer/2007(Harvin/WR was 2nd w/ 764)
Tim Tebow/ QB 673 yds. Meyer/2008(Harvin/WR was 2nd w/ 659)

Oo facts r fun oO

July 30th, 2009
1:38 am

The comment about Alex Smith and the I-Form is slightly inaccurate. Much like with Chris Leak the 1st year is was used to help with transition from one style of offense to the new Spread. You will be hard to find any vids of A. Smith in the I-form. From the numbers it could look like RB’s yardage dropped by half since Meyer’s tenure. Facts are fun aren’t they? And thats with Moody on the roster.

Joe

July 30th, 2009
2:23 am

LOL! Good luck getting into the NFL as a Florida RB. You’ve got a better chance at winning the lottery. Just ask Tim Tebow next year when he gets drafted in the 5th round, only to be cut within 2 seasons. He probably won’t even last that long.

Joe

July 30th, 2009
2:26 am

TampaGator,

Would you please do everyone a favor and shut the hell up. Florida players suck in the NFL. If you’d like to compare Florida RBs in the NFL and UGA RBs in the NFL, I’d be glad to. It would be a laughing stock of a comparison.

Please, someone break both of this idiot’s hands so he can’t type anymore.

TampaGator

July 30th, 2009
8:21 am

Joe….and all the bloggers like you….PLEASE READ AND LEARN: Current recent Florida Gator running backs in the NFL: Earest Graham (for free agent who is a Tampa Bay starter and 1,000 yard gainer); Ran Carthan (draft pick and a back up with Indy); Billy Lasko (free agent and a backup FB with Carolina); Deshawn Wynn (3rd round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers and a starter before injury and ready to compete for the job again); Fred Taylor (1st round draft pick for the Jacksonville Jags and now with New England and one of the top producing running backs in the NFL). That is 5 former Gators currently in the NFL. Georgia running backs in the NFL: Knowshon Mareno (rookie with Denver and has never played a down in the NFL); Brannon Sutherland (rookie free agent with the New York Jets and has not played a down in the NFL); Thomas Brown (2nd yr. free agent and was injured all last year and never has played a down in the NFL regular season); Kregg Lumpkin (free agent and back up running back with Green Bay); Danny Ware (free agent running back with the NY Giants). That is a total of 5 current Georgia running backs in the NFL. That is the same total of Gators currently in the NFL. Problem is, the Gators have one former player who is a top producer in the NFL, one is a former starter, and one over 1,000 yard producer. Georgia has no current starters who play in the NFL and one potential rookie starter. In addition, the top running back in the history (yards gained) of the NFL is a former Gator. You might have heard of him: Emmitt Smith and he is listed as one of the top 10 running backs in NFL history. That is the entire history of the NFL. Plus, the Gators have a long tradition of putting outstanding running backs into the NFL that are now retired. The list is very long, so I will not bore you with the list. Before running your mouth, please DO YOUR RESEARCH. You probably want me off the blog and to shut up because I do my research and know what I am talking about. I don’t just run my mouth all the time like some of you.

TampaGator

July 30th, 2009
8:23 am

Oh, Joe, what were you saying about a laughing stock of a comparison?

TampaGator

July 30th, 2009
8:30 am

And finally Joe and friends….what the hell does being in the NFL have to do with the comparison between Florida and Georgia college football anyway? Who cares about the NFL when we are talking about recruiting and college football, which is far superior to the NFL in every way in my opinion. I really don’t care how former Gator running backs or other position players are in the NFL. I just care how the Falcons are doing and how the Gators and the rest of the SEC is doing.