Nov 30, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen during the game with Pen State at Camp Randall Stadium. Penn State defeated Wisconsin 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Badgers Hire New RB Coach; Brown Has Some Big Shoes To Fill

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The Wisconsin Badgers football team “Running Back U,” has a new running back coach. Head coach Gary Andersen kept his promise of a quick search for the replacement of longtime running back coach, and player-favorite, Thomas Hammock. The Badgers hire coaches that can help both on the field and on the recruiting trail with regularity.

Andersen’s newest hire is Thomas Brown, age 27, a former standout running back at Georgia University. Brown has coached the same position at Marshall and Chattanooga in the previous two years. He also has spent time on Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff. His running attack this year at Marshall averaged 205.9 yards-per-game on the ground and also defeated Maryland (who is headed for the Big 10) in the Military Bowl.

It is exciting that Brown has ties to Georgia and SEC country as a whole. He played his high school ball in Atlanta. He will certainly be looked to as a primary recruiter. Especially once he gets his feet wet in the realm of the big boys in college football. Brown will be coaching one of the most prestigious positions in the Big 10; running back at Wisconsin.

Brown is stepping into a great role with the Badgers but many of Wisconsin’s savvy fans will be keeping a close eye on him. Hammock was one of Wisconsin’s most beloved commodities and personalities while in Madison. He has since taken the running back coach position for the Baltimore Ravens; which no one blames him for taking. But his biggest contribution to the Badgers came on the recruiting trail; especially in southern Florida. Hopefully Brown can help carry the load of recruiting for Andersen over the next several years.

Andersen previously said that he wanted an assistant coach on the staff that could recruit the state of Georgia full-time. Brown fits that mold beautifully, not to mention his age makes him incredibly relatable to the impressionable prospects.

Brown was a four-year starter while at Georgia (impressive) and helped the Bulldogs win the SEC in 2005. He was drafted by the Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft. In his rookie season, he sustained a season-ending injury in a preseason game. The Cleveland Browns signed him to the practice squad in 2009. Then in the offseason he was brought up to the active roster before being cut. He would never be the same after his injury.

I LOVE this hire. I think it’s going to be an A+ hire for Andersen. He brought in a young, enthusiastic coach who has connections to the part of the country Andersen wants to recruit the heaviest — tough to argue against that.

For anyone who wants to see Brown in action, check out him scoring a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

Hopefully he can coach and recruit as well as he could run before his injury. If so, the Badgers are in for a treat for some time at the running back coach position.

Wisconsin’s athletic department hasn’t made an official announcement on the hire but it is imminent.

Brown is already getting into the spirit of winning with the Badgers on Twitter.

He is also receiving love from the Badger Family (there are dozens of other tweets identical to this one).




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