For some reason Carlos Brown has always been one of my favorite players. Even while Hart was carrying the load, brashly predicting success, and leading the
I remember his commitment to
During his first spring practice Brown was electrifying, tearing off one long touchdown run after another. He was going to be the lightning to Hart’s thunder, to be that change of pace, home run hitter
But life simply doesn’t work that way. After starring in Spring Practice Brown was hit with a string of injuries that have never seemed to go away. Little injuries. Injuries you can play through because your legs still work in perfect form, but injuries that cripple your effectiveness as a running back. Hand and finger injuries. Shoulder injuries. Injuries that only the coaching staff seems to know about. Injuries that let you practice but embarrass you when you play.
Over the course of Brown’s short career at
The hand Brown’s been dealt is both a dream and a nightmare at once. He is an incredibly gifted athlete who is receiving a world class education at one of the finest collegiate institutions in the world. He gets to play college football for
Brown deserves better. Say what you will about
And now, despite the regime changes, the fact he is better suited to this offense than the one that preceded it, despite the fact that he’s kept his nose clean, despite the fact he’s got as good a chance of holding onto the ball as the next guy in front of him, he’s back where he was at the end of last season. Nursing injuries. Wondering why the hell he chose
Unfortunately there aren’t easy answers to those questions. The man in charge doesn’t seem to have them, other than to say "we’re aware of the situation." And so a junior running back who still harbors dreams of the NFL must wait for the answers to come to him. Wait and hope that the pressure from sources outside Schembechler Hall help to convince Coach Rod to give the kid a chance. To let him touch the ball in a formation other than "Obvious QB Draw." To let him prove himself all over again.
Carlos Brown deserves better. But life is not fair and somehow I think he’s aware of that.