Prior to the NW game, I had almost written off CB as a likely and unfortunate footnote in UM history. I figured that he would either transfer or remain buried on the depth chart for the remainder of his career.
Lost in the inevitable garment-rending and gnashing-of-teeth of another tough loss seems to the "Carlos Brown Coming Out Party." He demonstrated a dimension that we haven't witnessed in the few times he's carried the ball in his career: "BROWN RAGE!" Yards after contact like whoah, picking his gaps with patience, quick acceleration, etc. Also, if you watched closely, he appeared to demonstrate some fire and leadership that you'd expect from an upper-classman. Also: he's reportedly still banged up, so I expect that he has even more upside.
Yes, we've been saying it for 3 years now, but we finally have some concrete evidence that CB could be a major contributor next year in the backfield, and not as just a "speed back," but as a well-balanced running back that can emerge as a leader in a young crop of skill players. He's been injured seemingly most of his career, but c'mon... those flukey accidents have to curtail at some point (statistically, right?).