Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Georgia’s thinning receiver corps may mean that true freshman Marlon Brown will see his most extensive action yet in his home state.
Tavarres King, who had a key 46-yard catch last week against LSU, suffered a concussion in that game and isn’t expected to make the trip to Tennessee. He was the Bulldogs’ third leading receiver.
Georgia now has just five healthy scholarship receivers, including Brown, who has played in just one game and has yet to catch a pass this season. He was highly recruited coming out of Memphis and ended up choosing Georgia over Tennessee in a fierce recruiting battle.
The day he was introduced as Tennessee’s coach, Lane Kiffin said during his press conference that he was heading out later to visit the top player in the state (although he never mentioned Brown by name) and was in Brown’s house several hours later.
After Brown wound up signing with the Bulldogs, Kiffin suggested that it was Brown’s grandmother that wouldn’t let him come to Tennessee.
“We wish Marlon the best of luck, but he called last night and said he loved it here, but that his grandmother wouldn’t let him come,” Kiffin said back in February on national signing day. “I don’t know what you do about that.”
Brown later confirmed that there was a disagreement with Tennessee recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron and that his grandmother was turned off by it.
“Coach O came at me the wrong way. He had said a couple things to me and my family, and it wasn’t happening,” Brown told KQPN-AM 730 in Memphis.