Marshall running backs coach Thomas Brown is headed to the Big Ten, taking a job with the University of Wisconsin, according to Daily Mail sources.
Brown will replace former Badgers running back coach Thomas Hammock, who recently became running backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens. The Thundering Herd hired Brown, a former standout running back at the University of Georgia, last season to replace JaJuan Seider, who left Marshall to take a job at West Virginia.
Under Brown, Marshall enjoyed its first 1,000-yard rusher since Darius Marshall cracked the barrier in 2009. Essray Taliaferro, essentially the fourth-string running back in 2012, rushed for 1,140 yards, the 11th-best total in school history. Marshall's running game jumped from 55th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012 (169.17 yards per game) to 24th (205.93 yards per game).
Brown also was an effective recruiter, teaming with recruiting coordinator Todd Hartley to sign eight Georgia recruits for the 2014 class. Brown was the lead recruiter for three Atlanta-area prospects -- running back Keion Davis from Langston Hughes High in Fairburn, Ga., defensive back Antavis Rowe of Washington High in Atlanta, and receiver Emanuel Beal from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs, Ga.
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