When former Badgers running back coach Thomas Hammock left the program to go to the Baltimore Ravens, it was certainly a blow to the university. Hammock has coached some of the best running backs this school, and nation, has seen in recent memory. So many thought the Badgers would hire a guy that has experience and can come in right where Hammock left off.
On Friday it was announced that Wisconsin hired Thomas Brown as their next running backs coach. Just who is Thomas Brown you ask?
Briefly, Brown is a former Georgia Bulldogs running back who had a very short stint in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. Brown then became the running backs coach in 2012 for Chattanooga and held the same position in 2013 for Marshall before joining the Badgers.
Now that you have a little background on him, what exactly can Brown do for the Badgers going forward?
He may not be the most experienced coach, but what he can do is recruit. Rewind a couple of weeks ago after the madness of National Signing Day was over. Head coach Gary Andersen put an emphasis on recruiting the state of Georgia and how he wanted to have one coach in Georgia recruiting full-time.
Marshall signed nine players from the Peach State, three of which came from the Atlanta area. Brown is well aware of the talent that is available in that city:
There’s so much talent packed into that small area. Not just the city of Atlanta, but also metro Atlanta and the surrounding counties.
Georgia is looking like it is becoming a recruiting hot bed as many schools will be looking to get any advantage they can down south. Wisconsin hiring Brown as their running backs coach not only helps that position, but helps the Badgers recruit Georgia and become a major player in the recruiting battle.