Knee injury ends Marlon Brown’s UGA career (updated)

For the second time this fall, Georgia’s football team lost a key wide receiver to a season-ending knee injury.

Marlon Brown will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of his senior season as a result of a left ACL injury suffered during Saturday’s victory over Ole Miss, Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday.

“His career at Georgia will be over, or is over,” Richt said. “… We’re very sad and sorry it happened for Marlon – and for Georgia, too.”

Nine games into the season, Brown is tied with Tavarres King for the team lead in receptions (career-high 27) and is second on the team to King in receiving yards (career-high 469). Brown finishes his UGA career with 55 catches for 851 yards and eight touchdowns (four this season).

His injury came one month after fellow receiver Michael Bennett sustained a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee at practice. Bennett led the team in catches and receiving yards at the time of his injury.

Unlike Bennett, who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, Brown was in his fourth and final season. But Richt predicted a full recovery and an NFL future for the 6-foot-5, 222-pound Brown, who came to UGA from Memphis as a highly touted recruit in 2009.

“That is an injury people recover from well,” Richt said, “and we know he’ll continue on (to) his pro career, because I think he was well on his way to having that happen for him.

“He will do fine. It’s just a hard thing to swallow right now.”

In Georgia’s 37-10 win over Ole Miss, Brown had three catches for a team-high 113 yards, including a memorable 66-yard touchdown on a second-quarter trick play.

The injury occurred in the third quarter as Brown was tackled following a 30-yard reception. Richt indicated after the game that the tackle did not strike him as a dirty play. He didn’t elaborate on that Sunday.

“I didn’t really study that (on film),” he said. “… We didn’t just sit there and labor over that.”

Before the injuries to Bennett and Brown, wide receiver was perhaps Georgia’s deepest position. The team’s top remaining receivers are King and Malcolm Mitchell, and Richt said more opportunities will come for Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley, Rhett McGowan and Justin Scott-Wesley.

“We still have some playmakers,” Richt said. “… But Marlon and Michael were just two outstanding football players . … And they actually had a nice physicality to them them (at) that position. We’ll miss that. Other guys are just going to have to step up and get after it.”

Meanwhile, the status of another starting offensive player injured against Ole Miss is unclear for Georgia’s game at Auburn on Saturday. Right guard Chris Burnette suffered what UGA described as a left shoulder contusion in the second quarter against the Rebels and did not return to the game. His status is day-to-day, Richt said Sunday.

– Tim Tucker

156 comments Add your comment

Chris

November 4th, 2012
7:13 pm

Dang this hurts

gomdawg

November 4th, 2012
7:16 pm

SORRY , GOOD LUCK YOUNG MAN, LET’S PULL THE AUBURN GAME OUT FOR MARLO BROWN

GO DAWGS

davidinloganville

November 4th, 2012
7:16 pm

hopefully a tape will be sent along to the southeastern (alabama) conference so the ole miss player, #7, can be punished for his dirty play.

Pubert149

November 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Terrible news!!! We were just getting to see the potential that the coaches had seen when he was the number 1 recruit in TN

trueUGAfan

November 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

Wow!!! Rehab well, good luck in your future #MB15, glad to have bad you In the program for 4 years.. GO DAWGS

BobDog

November 4th, 2012
7:17 pm

I feel bad for the young man. He was having an outstanding season. I wish him well for a speedy recovery and a bright future, wherever that takes him.

Austin

November 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

I hate this for Brown. He was truly a team player. It’s a shame because he was having a strong season. Thanks for all of your efforts over the past four years 15. Best of luck in your rehab and future endeavors. Go Dawgs!

Bad News

November 4th, 2012
7:19 pm

I feel for him. Great athelete. Gonna be a wonderful pro. I hope someone can step up. Conley is going to have to play big the rest of the year. Brown was 6′5″. Conley has the height, but not the experience. Hopefully the tight ends will step up too. I like what I’ve seen out of Rome the last two games. We might have to go to two tight end sets more often now and use his pass catching ability.

mvdawg

November 4th, 2012
7:21 pm

Praying for full recovery. Great young man and DGD!

Rick James

November 4th, 2012
7:24 pm

I hate this for Marlon..After three years he was really coming into his own.Glad your grandma wanted you to come to Georgia.Best of luck

EngrDawg

November 4th, 2012
7:27 pm

This is Terrible! Not for the team but for the man! Hopes for a post-college football have taken a hit as he will not be able to participate in the rookie camps for Undrafted Free Agents. Hopefully, his rehab will be covered by UGA post Graduation so he can get back to form and have some good try outs.

Marlon, if you are reading this, I am praying for you! Don’t give up Hope!

FaithfulDawg 87

November 4th, 2012
7:29 pm

NOOOO!! Hate this for him and for the team. Good luck, MB (ok, creepy, I just noticed that both receivers we’ve lost this year are MB). You will always be a DGD!

George Stein

November 4th, 2012
7:29 pm

What a cruel way for his career to end. This Tech fan will cheer for him at Senior Day in three weeks.

Stevo

November 4th, 2012
7:30 pm

Davidinloganville…I am with you. I was right there to see the play. I think the injury occurred during the initial hit. But the twisting motion after the tackle was uncalled for…cheap.

azdawg

November 4th, 2012
7:31 pm

This is awful news both for MB and the dawgs. Hate to see a knee injury and in his sr year. I just hope it doesn’t impact his future w/a shot in the pro’s and he’ll fully recover and have a bright future. He deserves it. He really came into his own this year. DGD!!

McGowen and Conley will be in picture big time now. Have to hope MM, King and Wooten stay healthy. any frosh can step up??

Hope that lineman is alright.

SolDog

November 4th, 2012
7:32 pm

no big deal—Ga is loaded at WR and can still light it up with big yards.

Discount DoubleDawg

November 4th, 2012
7:34 pm

Thoughts and prayers with MB and his family.

Who is really going to step up now at WR? Might be too much to ask of Conley but who else could realistically have a shot at making a difference? Wooten, JSW? T King and M Mitchell may have to carry the load.

TallaDawg

November 4th, 2012
7:37 pm

@ FaithfulDawg 87 – AND the OC’s initials are MB. [twilight zone music]

Classy George Stein

November 4th, 2012
7:38 pm

Nice gesture on your part and college football needs more fans like you!

hope no more arrests

November 4th, 2012
7:44 pm

tight ends and conley needs to step it up….give the ball to Rome and lynch ..coach Bobo..please

Sunbury Ga dawg

November 4th, 2012
7:44 pm

Marlon Brown…..Tennessee native……But a GEORGIA BOY for life and a GDD GDD GDD
Get well, stay focused!

Bitter dawgs fan

November 4th, 2012
7:46 pm

Marlon best of luck in the PRO’S—-maybe falcons—–

—You sure turned out to be a 5 STAR RECIEVER.—STAY STRONG

——-THE EVIL TWIN aaron murray and aaron murphy both sowed up

————MURRAY played better——–blahahhahahah

———-GO DAWGS—-SOON the TRAILER TRAMPS will feel PAIN

—-NEXT TUMORS CORNER red-necks——-Blahahahahahah

Strange Murphy

November 4th, 2012
7:46 pm

DAMN GOOD DAWG!!!

Left Coast Dawg

November 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

#7 will be targeted next year for sure…..dirty dirty play!

llf

November 4th, 2012
7:48 pm

Ole Missy’s #7 should be suspended for the rest of the season for his cheap shot, as should the game officials who ignored it.

Paul

November 4th, 2012
7:49 pm

So sad to hear.

Bitter dawgs fan

November 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

Just seen that cheap shot to marlon’s knee——-su_x being tall

——–marlon tryed to lower his shoulder but the

——-punk went for the knee——miss-i-hicks

flo-ri-duh

November 4th, 2012
7:56 pm

Marlon Brown is one of my favorites. He has had one injury after another and was finally injury free. This is hard. My prayers are with you Marlon. Good luck, quick recovery and on to the NFL. This is definitely a blow to the team. Like Michael Bennett, Marlon is a very physical player and an excellent down field blocker. This will effect the run game and the pass game.

Vampire Bill

November 4th, 2012
7:57 pm

Marlon, DGD You will be missed. Looking forward to seeing you in the pros.

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Dawgonit

November 4th, 2012
8:00 pm

Not to “blow” a bad situation out of prpoportion, but it WAS clearly a dirty hit AND finish. Ole Miss player clearly cranked MB’s knee/leg during/after the hit…very similar to a BJJ leg crank. Look at replay, its very obvious. Good Luck to MB on his recover…DGD!!!

Jeff

November 4th, 2012
8:03 pm

If there is one thing I probably love seeing more than an automatic superstar the likes of A.J. Green or Knowshown Moreno…. I probably love seeing a player like Marlon more, who grew into the player he is today. I absolutely loved his play this year. I will be cheering for him on Sundays.

still a dawg fan

November 4th, 2012
8:04 pm

Marlon,Get well,we will miss you but we will see you next year in the NFL

LHarding Dawg

November 4th, 2012
8:09 pm

Terrible news for Marlon and the Bulldogs. Here is to you MB and I know you are going to be a damn good pro football player. Thank for coming to Georgia.

dawggirl

November 4th, 2012
8:13 pm

Best of luck to Marlon in his recovery and for his future playing career. He has a wonderful attitude, and as I am all too unfortunately learning myself, attitude does play a large role in a diagnosis.

Thanks to all you have done for Dawgnation, MB. I have truly enjoyed watching you play this year, and I hope to see more of that for you on down the line.

Thogwummpy

November 4th, 2012
8:14 pm

I myself went ballistic the moment the frustrated Ole Miss player started twisting Brown’s leg after he was down. Hope he feels shame for the resulting injury now that he knows in his heart what he did to Marlon.

bahits.com

November 4th, 2012
8:15 pm

I am sorry for both MBs (Marlon Brown and Michael Bennett). I am glad we will have one back next year and I hope Marlon signs on with an NFL team. Maybe, the Falcons will take a chance?

kybodawg

November 4th, 2012
8:16 pm

dang that hurts. good luck in nfl. time for wesley scott to step up.

DawgNole

November 4th, 2012
8:17 pm

Classy George Stein
November 4th, 2012
7:38 pm

Nice gesture on your part and college football needs more fans like you!
______________________

Yeah, ol’ George always seems to stay above the fray over on the Tech blogs as well. We all could learn a lesson from him.

DawgNole

November 4th, 2012
8:19 pm

Two top-shelf WRs out for the season. That’s gotta hurt. Best wishes to both.

Sure would like to see us go to our tight ends more often. We’ve got quality at that position.

Garett

November 4th, 2012
8:23 pm

I hate Brown’s career at UGA has to end this way. Thank you for being a great example of what a team player. Good luck to you in your recovery and whatever God has in store for you in the future. Go Dawgs! Sic ‘em!

dawgfan

November 4th, 2012
8:26 pm

Tough break for Marlon. I thought something stunk about that play too. Glad it wasn’t just me.

Griffin Dawg

November 4th, 2012
8:28 pm

Thanks for being a true warrior Marlon,you are truly a Damn Good Dawg

Valinor

November 4th, 2012
8:28 pm

DGD!!!! and a fine young man as well. We will miss seeing you on the field the remainder of the season but we will see you on Sunday’s in the near future. We are wishing you a full and swift recovery.

fb

November 4th, 2012
8:28 pm

That was a punk move by the defensive back. Marlon, you are a DGD.

Shep

November 4th, 2012
8:29 pm

Its over now for sure. Can’t expect to win with ur two best receivers out. All they got to do is double King.

fb

November 4th, 2012
8:29 pm

Just emailed Mike Slive demanding the DB be suspended. He was already suspended for one game for a helmet hit this year…..

Carlton

November 4th, 2012
8:30 pm

Hate to hear this for Marlon, who was finally putting his UGA career together after having been plagued with injuries during his 4 years with UGA. DGD. Ole Miss #7 needs to learn when to let go and refs need to learn to call that play. Fortunately, MB had his career game for us his last game and made a massive impact yesterday in the outcome. DGD, hope to see you in the pros MB and thank you for your Dawg-gone damn good service to the team the past 4 years!

Dawg Fan

November 4th, 2012
8:30 pm

Yes, that tackle should be looked at very closely cause it was very dirty. Marlon, we will miss you greatly…..

DS CE'91

November 4th, 2012
8:39 pm

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to this young man.