Editor’s note: Each day between now and Georgia’s Capital One Bowl date with Nebraska, we will review the season for a key Bulldogs player and attempt to project what’s next. Today we’ll look at receiver Marlon Brown.
No. 15 Marlon Brown
27 catches, 469 yards, 4 TDs
Role in 2012: After injuries marred his first few seasons at Georgia, Brown finally established himself as a productive college wideout before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Ole Miss.
The good: Brown finally started living up to his five-star billing this fall, posting three 100-yard performances in eight games. He made two key touchdown catches in a win against Missouri and was the recipient of one of the season’s most memorable touchdown passes -- when he caught Aaron Murray’s 66-yard “flatback rooskie” pass after Murray faked a handoff, hid the ball on his hip with his back to the line of scrimmage and then wheeled and fired to a wide-open Brown.
The bad: The lingering question for Brown will always what might have been had he not run into so many injuries in his college career. He missed the season-opening win against Buffalo this season with an injury, but was highly productive once he finally hit the field. That is, until yet another ailment -- a season-ending ACL injury suffered after an Ole Miss defender twisted his knee at the end of a 30-yard completion -- ended Brown’s college career for good.
Crystal ball: With good hands and speed to go along with his 6-foot-5 frame, Brown looks like the prototype NFL wide receiver. And he performed like one several times in 2012 before the knee injury against Ole Miss forced him to miss the final four games of the regular season. It would be no surprise, however, to see Brown find a spot on an NFL roster in 2013 simply because of the potential he was only starting to realize when his Georgia career ended.