Brown Heading Home to Georgia

ATHENS - Former running back Thomas Brown is returning to Athens as an assistant coach.

Thomas Brown, who played for the Bulldogs from 2004-07, is headed back to Georgia as an assistant coach according to sources close to him. He is leaving his role as running backs coach at Wisconsin.

Brown will head up the running backs while Bryan McClendon will shift to coach receivers, Mark Richt said today.

"These moves with two former Georgia teammates will add a great dimension to our offensive coaching staff," said Richt. "It brings back a great Bulldog running back in Thomas who has NFL playing experience and has had success as a college coach at multiple schools. He also inherits a position that has been built to an elite level by Bryan. And it gives Bryan the opportunity to return to coaching the position he played and the one where he cut his teeth serving as a graduate assistant under wide receiver coach John Eason here at Georgia. It also provides him with a new experience as passing game coordinator."

Brown started his coaching career at Chattanooga in 2012 after a short carer in the NFL with the Falcons and the Browns. Brown was a graduate assistant at Georgia in the 2011 season. He was then hired at Marshall in 2013. He moved to Wisconsin for the 2014 season where he coached Melvin Gordon, the Badger back who ended this season with over 2,500 yards in a season.

Brown, who grew up in Tucker, is considered a high-level recruiter with deep ties in East Atlanta - particularly in DeKalb County where former teammates dot the coaching landscape in local high schools.

"It is huge for Georgia," said Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. "Another former Dawg on the staff with strong ties to the metro area in Atlanta. He is young, smart and a great recruiter. He was one of the top running backs in the country when he came out of high school and now he will be recruiting and coaching the same type in Athens. Adding Brown to the Georgia staff gives the Dawgs one of the top recruiting staffs in the country."

Brown finished his career as the fifth-leading rushing in Georgia history with 2,646 career yards and led the Bulldogs in rushing in 2005 and 2005. For his career, Brown averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored 25 touchdowns. He was elected by his teammates as the permanent offensive team captain in 2007.

Brown earned his bachelor's degree in speech communications from Georgia. He and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Orlando and Tyson.

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