Marlon Brown's UGA career was cut short by what continuously haunted him throughout his tenure in Athens: the injury bug. Breaking news out of Athens says that the senior wide receiver will miss the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury.
Brown, a five-star recruit out of Memphis, arrived in Athens in 2009 to much fanfare. So much so that he was booed during the Dawgs' trip to Knoxville by a swarm of bitter Vol fans who wished the receiver had stayed in state. Brown's talent was undeniable, but the fact that he was constantly plagued by injuries kept him from ever showing his true potential on the field.
Despite the numerous injuries, Brown came up with some memorable and clutch catches in his career as a Dawg. Who can forget the SEC-East-clinching touchdown catch against pesky Kentucky in 2011 or the monster games he had against Missouri, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss this season?
Marlon Brown never made a lot of noise in his tenure in Athens, but his drive and determination to fight back from ubiquitous injuries is worthy of all of our respect. Please join me in raising your glass and wishing all the best to Marlon Brown, a DGD who hopefully will get his shot at an NFL career when he rebounds.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Marlon! Thanks for all you were able to accomplish in your UGA career. God bless!
Brown's injury is the second season-ender to a key Bulldog receiver this season with Michael Bennett, a redshirt sophomore, already on the shelf. So where does the receiving corps go from here? The unit, perhaps the deepest on this team, has lost two of its key components but still has plenty of talent left.
Of course, Aaron Murray will now look first and foremost to senior leader Tavarres King who, like Brown, is a sure-handed receiver having a solid season. Sophomore Malcolm Mitchell, the hero of the Florida game on the offensive side of the ball, should also expect to see more balls thrown his way. The same could be said for sophomore Chris Conley and senior Rantavious Wooten who, when given the chance, have come through. Junior Rhett McGowan has been playing well lately. I also hope (and expect) to see more of redshirt freshman speedster Justin Scott-Wesley. If all else fails, the coaches will be forced to remove the redshirt from Blake Tibbs, but that's the worse-case scenario at this point.