SEC: Gary Brown

No such thing as a sure thing with freshmen

May, 20, 2010
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We took a look Wednesday at 10 incoming true freshmen who may have an early impact next season in the SEC.

Even coaches admit it’s hard to predict who will play early and who won’t. Everybody adjusts to the college game at a different pace.

Soon after picking the 10, I started thinking about highly-rated guys who’ve come into the SEC in recent years and were expected to make a big impact early, but haven’t to this point for various reasons. Several have already bolted for another school.

In some instances, injuries have held them back, while other players were simply overrated, couldn’t cut it academically, ran into trouble off the field or just never adjusted to the whole college scene.

A few are still hanging in there, and perhaps this will be their season.

So before we get too caught up in who is supposedly a “can’t-miss” prospect, remember some of these guys, who are listed in alphabetical order:

Brendan Beal, LB, Florida: Said last week he plans to transfer after struggling with injuries and playing sparingly.

DeAngelo Benton, WR, Auburn: Still trying to work his way up the depth chart after catching just six passes as a freshman last season. Signed with LSU twice before landing at Auburn.

Bryce Brown, RB, Tennessee: Had a solid freshman season, but didn’t go through spring ball and plans to transfer. Several on the team thought Tauren Poole was better.

Gary Brown, DT, Florida: Dismissed from the team earlier this year following his arrest on battery charges. Redshirted last season after showing up overweight.

Marlon Brown, WR, Georgia: Hopes to see his role increase after catching just two passes last season as a true freshman.

Enrique Davis, RB, Ole Miss: Coming off a solid spring, Davis wasn’t a factor his first two seasons after arriving as the No. 1 prep school player in the country.

Torrey Davis, DT, Florida: Struggled with grades and off-the-field issues his whole career and left the program following the 2008 season.

Chris Donald, LB, Tennessee: Came to Tennessee as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, but was never able to get on the field and transferred to Chattanooga.

David Gordon, CB, Arkansas: Showed some promise last season as a true freshman, but was arrested this month on drug charges and plans to transfer to Oklahoma State.

Omar Hunter, DT, Florida: Injuries have been his biggest problem, but he’s yet to live up to the hype. Remember how much Urban Meyer talked him up?

Alonzo Lawrence, CB, Alabama: A big-time defensive back recruit for the Crimson Tide who wound up transferring to Southern Miss.

Tyler Love, OT, Alabama: One of the top-rated offensive line prospects of the 2008 class. Love is still trying to crack the Tide’s rotation.

Nu’Keese Richardson, WR, Tennessee: Arrested on robbery charges and dismissed from the team. Caught just eight passes last season as a freshman.

Tyrik Rollison, QB, Auburn: Once thought to be Auburn’s future quarterback, Rollison is leaving the program and transferring to Sam Houston State.

Chris Strong, LB, Ole Miss: Academic issues derailed Strong’s career. He left school following his freshman season after making a few starts at middle linebacker.

Florida boots Brown from the team

February, 20, 2010
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Florida won't have Gary Brown as part of its defensive tackle rotation this fall.

The Gators dismissed Brown from the team after he was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery during a dispute at a party last weekend. Brown is accused of striking two women who were trying to kick people out of a party, according to the police report.

Florida coach Urban Meyer made it clear in the past that he does not tolerate violence against women.

Brown was one of the most highly recruited defensive linemen in the country last year, but redshirted in 2009. He would have been a factor at tackle this coming season had he been able to stay out of trouble.

Gators' Brown arrested on battery charges

February, 15, 2010
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Florida might want to scratch redshirt freshman Gary Brown out of any plans to help on the defensive line next season, at least for the time being.

Brown faces two counts of misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping a woman and scratching another Sunday morning.

Brown has been suspended from all team activities.

This can't be the way Florida coach Urban Meyer had hoped to spend his leave of absence, dealing with this kind of nonsense. Then again, he ought to be used to it. According to the Orlando Sentinel, this is at least the 27th arrest of a Florida player since Meyer took over as head coach in 2005.

It was just a little more than two months ago that Carlos Dunlap's DUI arrest rocked the team the week of the SEC championship game. Dunlap was suspended for the game, and Florida lost 32-13 to Alabama a few days later, ending the Gators' 22-game winning streak.

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