Top All-Time Georgia Running Backs – Number 15: Thomas Brown (2004-07)
Career stats: 529 carries, 2,646 rushing yards, 23 rushing TDs, 5 YPC, 39 receptions, 372 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs
Realistically, there were plenty of players worthy of this initial spot in our Top 15. However, when it came down to it, I had to go with Thomas Brown as the selection. More than anything, it was due to his versatility and the overall value he offered the Bulldogs.
First off, Brown was a terrific running back during his four-year career at Georgia. Although he was never able to take over as the full-time starter in a crowded backfield, he was routinely making the most of his opportunities. Whether he was racking up yards on the ground or catching passes out of the backfield, no one was able to ignore the local product.
Second, Brown was a star in other aspects of the game. Maybe he was returning kicks to help turn the tide, like he did as a junior with a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown. Or maybe he was securing a big tackle on special teams. One way or another, Brown found a way to make an impact.
Injuries limited his effectiveness and opportunities as his career wound down, with a torn ACL as a junior and a broken collarbone as a senior. Despite those setbacks, he always seemed to find a way to shine even with other talented running backs vying for snaps.