Friday, September 30, 2011
K-State's blue-chip transfer has gone MIA
By ESPN.com staff
Bryce Brown's debut for Kansas State has been underwhelming.
Now, whether it will continue is up for discussion.
Brown has not attended any team activities since returning from last week's win over Miami, according to a report in the Wichita Eagle.
He is not expected to play this Saturday when K-State faces No. 15 Baylor at Snyder Family Stadium, though he could play in future games. A team spokesman neither confirmed nor denied Brown's status with the team.
When reached Thursday afternoon, Brown's advisor, Brian Butler, who spoke to K-State coaches in person earlier this week, said he was unsure whether Brown had left the program.
Brown has three carries for 16 yards this season, but hasn't recorded a stat in two games. He lost a fumble deep in Kansas State territory in the season opener to set up Eastern Kentucky's only touchdown. He missed the second game against Kansas State with a minor injury and played sparingly against Miami, being pulled after missing a block.
Snyder acknowledged personal problems facing Brown, earlier this week. Butler acknowledged the same to the Eagle.
"There are some off-the-field things that are going on," Butler said. "He's a competitor and any competitor wants to play. Obviously, Bryce has been used to playing for a bunch of years. I would assume that it is somewhat frustrating for him, but it goes way beyond football."
On Tuesday, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said Brown was dealing with complex issues.
"Bryce is going through some difficult times right now," Snyder said. "We'll try to help him all we can."
Brown originally signed with Tennessee in 2009 as the nation's No. 8 overall recruit and No. 2 running back, behind only Alabama's Trent Richardson.
He ran for 460 yards as a freshman Volunteer before transferring to Kansas State and being named a preseason All-Big 12 selection.