There is not much that Georgia products redshirt junior running back Mack Brown and junior offensive lineman Trenton Brown have in common aside from their last name, but the two upperclassmen could have a lot to say about how successful the Florida Gators will be over the course of the 2013 season.
Mack Brown has played in 25 games during his four years but has amassed just 167 yards on 40 carries with a career long of 13. He was passed on the depth chart in 2012 by Matt Jones, and the sophomore will likely leap Brown once again when he returns from his serious viral infection.
In the meantime, Mack Brown is Florida’s first-string running back, and he’s acting like he’s not just ready for the opportunity but prepared to make an impact.
“[The] confidence is coming back, getting my groove back. Running with the ones, we’ll see what I can do,” he said last week. “I know my protections and stuff so I know the offense inside and out. I’m just going to keep practicing and doing what I have to do. [I know the blocking schemes] and I’m healthy now. That’s the main thing. Whatever coach needs me to do, I’ll do it.”
Though Mack Brown says he does not regret his career path at Florida – “I met a lot of good teammates. I played with great coaches.” – he did acknowledge that “things happen for a reason.” He feels like the lack of repetitions he has had throughout his career caused him to lose his confidence, which he is just now regaining.
“Throughout the season, my coach told me the last couple of games I’m gonna get a lot of reps to rest [Mike] Gillislee because he was getting kind of hurt sometimes,” he said. “When I got hurt, I was like, ‘I lost my chance.’ This whole offseason, I’ve just been thinking about the last couple of games, not contributing to my team, not being able to play the bowl game. I just tried to train harder this summer, and I feel like it paid off.”