Mack Brown: Florida Gators' Forgotten Running Back

By Camille Woodhouse
Kim Klement – USA TODAY Sports

Last season we heard plenty of talk about Florida Gators running backs Mike Gillislee and Matt Jones, but there’s one player on the roster that didn’t get much attention. Junior Mack Brown, a four-star recruit out of the state of Georgia, wasn’t given too many chances to fulfill his true potential in 2012. In his entire college career, Brown has only had 40 carries for 167 yards. Those stats fall short of great, but head coach Will Muschamp sees something in Brown that we haven’t.

At the UF Football Media Day, Muschamp had positive things to say when asked his thoughts on Brown. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Mack. When he had his opportunities last year, he played really well, and he ran the ball really well. He had a good spring, and he improved on the things he needed to as far as protection in the passing game and running the football, which we’re going to ask our backs to do a lot of,” Muschamp stated.

Even with Jones currently out until further notice due to a viral infection, Muschamp is evidently not worried about the running back position. He believes this will be a good opportunity for Brown. “It’s a huge opportunity for him to step in and get more touches and more carries and more opportunities which, in that situation, you’ve got to be productive, and I think he will.” Muschamp mentioned Trey Burton and Hunter Joyer among those who could also be used, if need be, but his main focus is on Brown.

Mack Brown is the forgotten Florida Gators’ running back. Will that change for him in 2013? Muschamp is more than confident that it will.

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