The Texas Longhorns have question marks at several positions. Many of these won’t be resolved until the season starts. There is one player, however, who has solidified himself as a starter.
That player is Malcolm Brown.
Brown’s return helps shore up a position that has concerns. Johnathan Gray is working his way back from an Achilles injury. Gray will play this season, but no one is sure how he will respond coming back from such an injury. Joe Bergeron left the team in the spring to focus on academics. He is expected to return in the fall and will provide depth. After that, there is unproven Jalen Overstreet and the incoming freshmen class. Charlie Strong needed Brown to step up.
Brown looked good in spring drills. He picked up the offense quickly and hit the holes hard. Coaches definitely took notice of Brown’s downhill running style. He has been a team leader for an offense that lacks leadership at the quarterback position.
The senior has had an up-and-down career at Texas. He played as a true freshman in 2011, amassing 742 yards in 10 games. Brown had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas Jayhawks that year. In 2012, he missed six games with injuries. He only had one game with 20 carries as Gray burst upon the scene and was the feature back. It seemed like Brown had missed his opportunity. The 2013 season started out as more of the same for Brown. He totaled just 23 carries in Texas’ first five games, but this was all about to change.
Against the Oklahoma Sooners, Brown gashed the Sooners’ defense for 120 yards. Two weeks later, he ran for 119 yards and four scores against Kansas. When Texas traveled to face the West Virginia Mountaineers and Gray injured his Achilles, Brown helped Texas pull out a victory with 89 yards on 28 carries. He cemented himself as the feature back and rushed for 462 yards in the last four games of the season.
With a new offense in place and questions at the quarterback and offensive line positions, it is reassuring for fans to know that Brown is back and ready to carry the workload in 2014.