CB Greg Brown Has Left Team

Submitted by gajensen on October 24th, 2011 at 12:20 PM

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Freshman UM CB Greg Brown has left the team, UM confirms
Mike Rothstein of ESPN seconds this information:
mikerothstein Michael Rothstein 
Freshman CB Greg Brown has left the Michigan football team, per Michigan official.
Here's a link to his HELLO: Post http://mgoblog.com/content/hello-greg-brown-0
He was 5'10", 180 lbs, ran a 4.4, was a 3* (from what I could find after a quick google search), had at least another offer from CMU (although this is all that comes up), and was a very early Rich Rodriguez commit in September 2009.



October 24th, 2011 at 1:45 PM ^

Unless he had a coach tell him "we don't ever see you playing here," then that's ridiculous. I wonder if its evidence of the problems that the new media apparatus that's grown up around recruiting have created for both programs and players themselves. He's a freshman. Freshman shouldn't get playing time, other than the top 1% of players or in just desparate situations. There's a CB spot that will be opening up in a couple years after Floyd graduates (assuming Countess locks the other one down). Brown would be in very good position to compete for that as a redshirt sophomore, along with Avery, Raymon Taylor (who's more of a safety), Terrance Talbot, and whoever comes in in the intervening years. But recruiting sites give players a sense of being the center of attention and potential stars (even in Brown's case where he didn't have a great senior year, he still had recruiting sites contacting him and asking about his status).

Or maybe its frustration from seeing Countess come in and immediately leapfrog everyone into a de facto starting spot. But in any case, if it's playing time related, then some patience might be the wiser course of action, both for helping his develepment as a football player and a student, because transferring introduces all kinds of new difficulties into the academic equation.

J. Lichty

October 24th, 2011 at 4:35 PM ^

the early playing time thing has certainly been a selling point for a lot of players, and along with the reduction of scholarships to 85 and the proliferation of even non-major conferences having their games televised, has led to the relattive parity that we now see in college football.

Few are the teams that still have three deeps of 4 star and five star players. Hard to see the return of the Big 2 and little 8 (ten) in the modern era.


October 24th, 2011 at 12:36 PM ^

I don't believe that is correct

The only thing to consider is whether there will be enough early -enrollees.  Is so, we can take 27 because we will be at the 85 scholarship maximum in 2012 and not above even with 27 incoming freshman (25 in the 2012 class with 2 enrolling early and counting towards this year's class).


October 24th, 2011 at 12:28 PM ^

that is why Jeremy Clark was given a full ride then.  Just took that scholarship and moved it to him.  Sad to hear though as it looked like Greg had a lot of promise based on his spring game performance.


October 24th, 2011 at 12:28 PM ^

It's a shame because I believe Greg was an early enrollee, and a kid who grew up really wanted to play for Michigan. I wish him the best.

Perhaps this is related to the coach's un-greyshirting Jeremy Clark.

Six Zero

October 24th, 2011 at 12:32 PM ^

Is it


or is it something else?  I should be nice-- I don't know the circumstances, but the contraction from within has been nothing short of insane.  When does it end?

Michael Scarn

October 24th, 2011 at 12:32 PM ^

I'm worried that attrition like this will open up spots that we won't actually be able to use this year given the B1G's hard cap.  Gimme more early enrollees, por favor.  


October 24th, 2011 at 12:49 PM ^

This must have opened the scholarship for KY CB Jeremy Clark, who joined the 2012 Michigan class, rather than greyshirt as part of the 2012-13 recruiting class.

Best of luck to both.


October 24th, 2011 at 1:01 PM ^

The guy left the team because he was deep in the depth chart. Once again, a young kid comes to Michigan and expects PT, and thinks he does not have to earn it. A high school teacher of his informed me he will be transferring to Syracuse. Bitter sweet best of luck, because a real Michigan man would have work his butt off, and where he falls on the roster is where he falls but would have know he did the best he could.


October 24th, 2011 at 1:06 PM ^

This almost happened back in the spring, so it's not that surprising...and it's not that big of a loss.  There were better corners in his own class, and there are better corners coming in next year.

Section 1

October 24th, 2011 at 1:09 PM ^

Because after all of our other D-backs are injured, struck by lightning, hit by falling satellites, abducted by aliens and gored by angry unicorns, he'd have probably started versus Ohio State.


October 24th, 2011 at 1:15 PM ^

This is sad to hear as he was an early commit and early enrollee.  I'm sure he had different plans than this and while if it was a playing time issue, I wish he'd stick it out and see what happens down the line, it's ultimately his decision.  Best of luck to him in his future endeavours.


October 24th, 2011 at 1:28 PM ^

Maybe it was the frustration of being the first commit, the only EE, and then getting passed on the depth chart by almost everyone on the depth chart. I still think that if you are going to transfer, the end of Winter term is probably the best. You probably have a pretty good idea of where you stand on the team and you can leave in good academic standing. Also, you've got the whole summer with your new team before fall camp to get acclimated. The middle of the 2011 season doesn't make sense. He won't play until 2013 at the earliest.

Mr. Yost

October 24th, 2011 at 4:03 PM ^

...he was an early enrollee and thought he'd be playing right away and wouldn't redshirt. So in his mind he feels like a sophomore. With Countess already passing him, and Avery on the other side, it was simply PT.

People say homesick, he's from around the corner. Where is he going to go, BGSU or Toledo to get closer to home? Maybe go work at Cedar Point? He's from NORTHERN OHIO! He can drive home every weekend he is off from football if he wants.

Bo Knows

October 24th, 2011 at 4:34 PM ^

Why are we suddenly predicting guys won't be renewed?  Yes, it seems likely Mike Cox won't be considering he hasn't played yet and can't seem to learn a playbook.  However, Terrence Robinson is a special teams contributor and has been praised by Hoke in a new conference.  What does it say about our program if we show goes who play 110% the door?

J. Lichty

October 24th, 2011 at 4:40 PM ^

their commitment to these guys so they could get their degree despite the fact that they are not huge contributors on Saturdays.  These guys would have been visiting the St. Saban memorial wing if they were in the SEC long ago.

As for T Robinson, special teams contributions are largely underrrated and hugely important, but ST only guys are usually replacement level players.  When you can trade a replacement level player for the potential for a four year starter you make that choice everytime.



October 29th, 2011 at 6:40 AM ^

The attrition rate for freshmen in general is quite high.   Football players have the same pressures of other students plus some (they have a few benefits, too, like a built in support system), so there is probably more to this than just football.  It's a difficult adjustment for a lot of students.  Some seem to thrive and love the experience, other struggle with the adjustment.  We don't really have the information to know why he's leaving in this case.