T. Brown could get a look this season

Thomas Brown

ATHENS – With Kregg Lumpkin's season ending ACL injury, suddenly the starting tailback competition is wide open. But Georgia's newest running back is just glad to be at that position.

"It's good to be with the running backs because there was a lot of speculation from people other than the coaches that I might move to cornerback; I really don't want to do that," said freshman running back Thomas Brown.

Brown was rumored to be moving to cornerback. But even with Georgia's lack of depth and experience in the secondary, Brown said that he did not want to move. He said last fall the Georgia coaches told him that he would play running back if he signed with Georgia, and thus far they have kept their word. Brown's added depth at running back might help the Bulldogs now.

"We are going to have to take a look at him, and see what he can do," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. "He is going to get those looks because he needs to know what he is doing."

"It was good to come out here and be with the running backs," said Brown. He received scholarship offers from all over the south, and from much of the country. Brown's prerequisite was carrying the ball. Now that he has that chance, he said there is still a lot to learn.

"It is a lot of stuff to think about," said Brown. Richt's offensive system depends a lot on a running back's ability to make good decisions in the passing game. Kregg Lumpkin and Michael Cooper, both freshmen last season, struggled to pickup the nuances.

However, Brown has been participating all summer long with the team in voluntary passing drills. He said those helped him pick up a little of the offense.

"It really helped being here all summer," said the Tucker native.

Lumpkin's injury and a one-game problem with fullback depth might mean that Brown will get at least a chance to show his stuff against Georgia Southern. Tyson Browning was moved back to tailback yesterday to provide running back depth after Lumpkin's injury was made known to the staff.

"No one has talked with me about redshirting," said Brown.

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