ATHENS – Junior receiver Marlon Brown has yet to make the impact on offense he expected to make this season.
The lack of production – four catches and 34 yards in two games – is not due to the same things that held Brown back his first two seasons at Georgia.
His confidence is better than ever. His knowledge of the playbook is sound. It’s his ankle that’s holding him back. He sprained the ankle toward the end of fall camp, and the joint has been slow to fully recover.
“It hurts,” Brown said. “It’s very painful to run and cut. It’s painful to be a receiver pretty much. It’s just hard to be a receiver with a bad ankle.”
Brown enjoyed the best fall camp of his career this August and appeared poised to break out this season.
“If I had to say one that’s really impressed me this camp it’s Marlon Brown,” quarterback Aaron Murray said at the time. “He’s done a tremendous job turning everyone’s head.”
Currently, the Bulldogs passing attack is sharing the wealth. 10 players have caught at least one pass, and Brown still ranks third in terms of catches. However, Brown’s ankle is limiting his mobility and the number of reps he can get in both practice and games.
“It’s probably limiting me as far as being the explosive receiver I know I can be and the coaches know I can be,” he said.