Marlon Brown proving to be quite a catch for Bulldogs

The Georgia Bulldogs are expecting split end Marlon Brown to come through for them this season. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The Georgia Bulldogs are expecting split end Marlon Brown to come through for them this season. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Mark Richt didn’t much care for the question. He was asked if he thought Marlon Brown was injury-prone.

“I don’t think that term is fair,” Georgia’s coach said. “I think most anybody who gets injured is unlucky.”

If that’s the case, there must be a broken mirror somewhere in Brown’s past. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior has yet to play a full season for the Bulldogs because of one nagging injury or another. But Brown has always picked up the pieces and moved on, and never did he look more healthy and vibrant than Saturday against Missouri.

Brown was the star of the Bulldogs’ offense, hauling in eight passes for 106 yards and scoring two touchdowns in the 41-20 victory. As Georgia enters Saturday’s game against Florida Atlantic, he’s viewed as one of the team’s potent weapons.

“A quarterback’s dream,” Georgia’s Aaron Murray called Brown. “What you saw last game is what he’s capable of doing and what we know he can do. If he stays healthy, the sky is the limit for him.”

There always seems to be that qualifier for Brown, “if he stays healthy.” Avoiding injury has been a problem for him, this season no exception.

As ever, Brown’s coaches and teammates raved in August about his “awesome preseason” and how excited they were to see him in action. Then early in the Wednesday practice before the Bulldogs’ opener, Brown was escorted into the training room. Three days later, when the team ran onto the field for the Buffalo game, Brown wore street clothes.

“I thought I could go, I really did,” said Brown, who had suffered a “slight” hamstring pull. “But they told me they didn’t want to take a chance.”

Brown had a similar situation before the 2011 season. Again, he had been all the rage in the preseason, but in the final scrimmage an offensive lineman fell on the back of his leg. There was nothing “slight” about that injury. It was the dreaded “high-ankle” sprain, and it dogged Brown all season.

Brown was determined that injuries weren’t going to be part of the equation his senior season. He trained harder than ever and entered camp in the best shape of his life. He was 10 pounds lighter than the previous season and proceeded to impress as usual.

“Marlon is in tremendous condition,” Richt said. “He trimmed down, and he seems faster to me. He made plays just about every day in camp right up to the point where he pulled a hamstring. I think he’s an outstanding football player. He has always had very good potential, I guess you’d say, but he has worked hard and made himself to be an outstanding player, in my opinion.”

One would not have thought Brown would have to work so hard. He had 1,785 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdown as a senior in high school, including 338 yards and four touchdowns in the state championship game. He was a consensus top- three national prospect at his position and the No. 1 recruit in Tennessee coming out of the Harding Academy in Memphis.

But even then there was talk that Brown was under-developed as a receiver.

“He was raw,” said Ryan Derrick, his high school coach. “A big part of that was due to the amount of basketball he played. He was only a football player from August to November, then he was off to basketball and the AAU circuit. So for such a big-time recruit, there’s probably not been many to play less football than Marlon.”

That was evident when Brown arrived at Georgia. He played only sparingly as a freshman and probably should not have played at all.

“I thought he was going to take a little time,” Richt said. “He played in a league where he was a man among boys, and you didn’t know what it was going to look like when he was with athletes similar to himself. There was a little bit of a learning curve.”

Brown showed flashes before Saturday. At Vanderbilt last season, he caught four passes for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 74-yarder in the narrow Georgia victory. Brown was asked that day, just as he was Saturday, if he thought it was for him a “breakout game.”

“That might be my favorite game so far,” he said with a wide grin Saturday. “I have more confidence now. It was a big game for me, and it was a close game. But I’m trying to build on it. It’s time to get past Saturday and try to get better.”

Maybe now the ultimate practice player will become the ultimate gamer.

“It’s cool to make those plays in practice, but it’s way cooler to do it in the games,” Brown said.

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51 comments Add your comment

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
9:31 am

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
9:34 am

I don’t like the injury prone tag either.
Some guys get hurt and that pain is always there. Many games they don’t get hit to re-injure themselves but some times they do. Those are big hitting each other and after the season starts all the players are hurting some.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
9:36 am

With his few stats I hope he can BLOCK and he could still be a first rounder like S. Hill from TECH. His Height and Speed and Hands will get him a shot in the NFL but if he can’t play hurt he will not stay long.

St. Simon's Daddy

September 15th, 2012
9:53 am

Twinkie, do you ever stay away from the pc?

DirtyDawg

September 15th, 2012
9:54 am

I really do believe that this group of receivers is the best we’ve ever had, and arguably, the best in the SEC, if not the country.

Dawg Haus

September 15th, 2012
9:57 am

Good story. Brown has taken his licks and is poised to have a career year as a senior. I’ll be cheering for him every step of the way.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
10:02 am

SSdaddy……..Yes I do. I made breakfast and shaved. Logged On and this story came up as I was reading the morning news.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
10:03 am

Plus the game I am going to isn’t until 3:30.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
10:08 am

If Obama gets reelected you might want to check this site. You can build a cheap home and live off the grid.

http://www.HomesteadingSurvivalism.com

Just for NORRIS

St. Simon's Daddy

September 15th, 2012
10:08 am

Hope you have a great day twinkie.

kingdaddy

September 15th, 2012
10:13 am

Twinker
you must feel better this morning. I’m sure it won’t last long, lol…

kingdaddy

September 15th, 2012
10:34 am

Twink
If he gets re-elected, there won’t be any place to hide. Happiness is not an option…

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 15th, 2012
10:39 am

SSDaddy thanks.

KingDaddy……….OK…….not great but i have not HURT much cause I KNOW mom is in Heaven. She did so much for God in her life. She lived it right. I will hurt more when I miss her but right now I KNOW she is happy healthy and better that she has been in years. I hurt and cried more for people/family that passed that I fear didn’t know the Lord like mom. Everybody likes to think their loved ones are in Heaven but that just isn’t the Truth. not Everybody is worthy of Heaven but I am sure Mom was. I still haven’t cried ove her passing because I feel she is Better NOW.

flo-ri-duh

September 15th, 2012
10:58 am

Marlon Brown has a great attitude and is due for some good luck. He showed he can catch in traffic and he is very physical after the catch. With 4 WR few teams can cover Marlon Brown, Tavarres King and Michael Bennett one on one. There aren’t many 6′5″ CBs.

CHDawg

September 15th, 2012
11:05 am

I remember watching Marlon catch the post from Barkley in the HS all star game, and thinking this guy is going to be a superstar. He looked like a college player among HS all stars at the time. I’m surprised it has taken him this long, but sometimes the light comes on and the confidence just elevates them instantly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him finish very strong. He has always had tremendous potential.

kingdaddy

September 15th, 2012
11:15 am

I understand…

Dawg-Gawn

September 15th, 2012
11:19 am

“I thought he was going to take a little time,” Richt said. “He played in a league where he was a man among boys, and you didn’t know what it was going to look like when he was with athletes similar to himself. There was a little bit of a learning curve.”

Somebody (coach) needs to explain why a red-shirt season did not occur with this player?

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“BELIEVE in the “G”

kingdaddy

September 15th, 2012
11:23 am

I hope Marlon stays healthy and plays through little nagging injuries this year. Aaron will get it to him this year so he better be ready to shine. UGA puts them in the position to be famous but they have to take the next step. I believe Marlon is ready to breakout. Hope he gets at least two tonight. 65-6…

Zach Mettenberger can't help himself

September 15th, 2012
11:50 am

Georgia gets Marlon Brown, while Tennessee got Da’Rick Rogers. Marlon is a team-first, respectful, hard-working player who deserves all the good things that can come his way. Da’Rick is …. well, let’s just say that there is classier stuff swirling in the toilet than that guy.

Use your brains...they have a purpose

September 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

Twinke…..

If the Tea Party gets hold of our government, the requirement to buy a home will be a annual salary of $20 mil with an overseas non-taxable bank account of at least 200 mil. All others will rent from them….if they are lucky.

Use your brains...they have a purpose

September 15th, 2012
12:28 pm

Under Bush we almost returned to 13th century English rule. Stupidy ruled the masses then as well.

Rick James

September 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

I’m so glad to Marlon have a breakout game and hope a breakout year.Thanks again to his grandmother for who liked Georgia more than Tennesee.

Rick James

September 15th, 2012
12:35 pm

TDawg

September 15th, 2012
12:52 pm

Put Marlon down as a DGD. We do have great receivers right now. Throw Mitchell in the mix and take into account Conley having a hard time breaking the lineup. Solid guys who block and run after the catch

CHDawg

September 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

T, I really like Conley, too. I would also like to see Justin SW. Like to see Lynch get a few thrown his way. I am going on Gday only, but Lynch looks like he has great running instincts to me. Sometimes the coaches forget how powerful running TEs can be…case in point, Aaron Hernandez.

Holy Guacamole

September 15th, 2012
1:18 pm

Use your brains…they have a purpose.

Let’s keep this to sports. If we start down the politics road, today’s game will be over and we will all be yelling at each other via our keyboards. LOL

kerryb

September 15th, 2012
1:33 pm

Man, Auburn and Arkansas is dragging down the rest of the conference.

ARdawg

September 15th, 2012
1:52 pm

Georgia has a line up of receivers quite likely better than any in the nation. Brown is a good one and a DGD but probably not the best of that bunch

WDE

September 15th, 2012
2:29 pm

@I dropped my fried twinkie sorry for your loss,

ARdawg

September 15th, 2012
2:37 pm

Twink

Same here guy, my sympathies

NORRIS

September 15th, 2012
3:05 pm

To: i dropped my fried twinkie?
If obama wins you will need to know more than survival…you will need to know God!
anyways, that was free…
GO DAWGS!!!

NORRIS

September 15th, 2012
3:07 pm

4 games is to much of a suspension. that is a third of the season.
Im sure that there have been other punishments as well. come on coach richt Free Carl lee!

Joey

September 15th, 2012
3:12 pm

Wrong, Brainless,

If the Tea Party “got ahold” of our government, our government wouldn’t have anything to do with the home market.

LOYAL DAWG

September 15th, 2012
3:30 pm

Look like the SEC West has 3 good teams if you count UL-Monroe. I guess we got the tough part of the conference after all with UF, UT, Vandy, and the Cocks.

SEC West is WEAK!!!

September 15th, 2012
4:38 pm

Any chance the SEC West can add another team from Mississippi? Maybe one of the little Louisiana teams? East has 4 ranked teams right now. West has either 2 or 3, depending on the poll (one of those is Ark).

Ole Big Dawg

September 15th, 2012
5:08 pm

I do believe the troll can drop arky….back to the SEC 9th best team…..maybe worse than yrs past

Ole Big Dawg

September 15th, 2012
5:09 pm

Thanks to marlon for becoming the reliable go to receiver we thought he would be when we stole him out of memphis

Cdpridg

September 15th, 2012
5:14 pm

From top to bottom the west was never stronger….just a misrepresentation by the media that jelous rivals of the Dawgs ran with. Couple yrs running with the top 2teams out of the west. Sun is rises in the East…sets in the West

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
6:21 pm

BAMA – 45 …………………………….ARKY – 0………………………….4TH QUARTER

LSU is the only team that has a chance to beat them.

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
6:24 pm

Kenyan Drake…………………….Powder Springs GA scores TD for BAMA………………………..He is good.

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
6:26 pm

West still is the best. As long as you have BAMA and LSU. Every team in the EAST is no more than 3rd place in the WEST.

ROLL TIDE

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
6:37 pm

BAMA…………….52…………………………………..ARKANSAS…………………0

Blake Sims………………………..Gainesville, GA………………………27 yard TD

graphite

September 15th, 2012
7:53 pm

Ho humm…….Bama is at it again……RollOn..

Joey duh

September 15th, 2012
7:57 pm

Joey

The banking and finance industry control the home market. Not the current government. And it was the banks and the financial people who put us in the situation we are in. Under the leadership of the Republican Party. Under the Tea Party it would be even worse.

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
8:40 pm

What a great Defense you do not have. Like I stated before……………………Your Defense is average at best. FAU already has 14 points on JARVIS & COMPANY.

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
10:10 pm

Of course, it helps that arrests and failed drug tests are swept under the rug in Tuscaloosa.

01HAWK

September 15th, 2012
10:21 pm

Way to HIJACK my name……………………………YOU are a COWARD and a FRAUD just like the DAWGS…………………………….Whomever you are.

what a nut

September 16th, 2012
1:28 am

NOW THATS FUNNY
AN ALABAMA FAN ON A GEARGIA SITE WANTING TO START A FUSS WITH US DAWG FANS AND STARTS ONE WITH HIS SELF …. 01HAWK THEY GOT PILLS FOR THAT BUT YOU GOT TO LEAVE YOUR MOTHERS HOUSE TO GET THEN SORRY SKITSSSSSSSS

01HAWK

September 16th, 2012
2:35 pm

Screw all of you. Alabama is the best. You are the worst. Alabama is always the best. You are always the worst. I pity the fool who thinks otherwise. I might even kill your trees or t-bag your face.

Dawgs 32

September 16th, 2012
3:44 pm

01hawk is just a tech fan pretending to be a Bama fan because his team sucks.