New Wisconsin RB coach: 'This is Tailback U'

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New Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown is excited about his new role, and for good reason. Brown, previously at Marshall, gets to coach star Melvin Gordon, in addition to Corey Clement, who produced as a freshman. Brown is so impressed by Wisconsin’s backs and its history of standout backs, from Alan Ameche to Ron Dayne to Montee Ball, that he called the Badgers “Tailback U” in a team’s YouTube video.

“This is an unbelievable place,” Brown said. “I’m really excited about it. This is Tailback U.”

What do you think? As far as the Big Ten is concerned, the Badgers would be near the top of the list when it comes to college success. I mean, take a look at these standout backs since 1996: Dayne, Michael Bennett, Anthony Davis, Brian Calhoun, P.J. Hill, John Clay, Ball, James White and Gordon.

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Bob Jones on 2/24/2014 @ 6:21pm EDT Said:

You might want to give that title back to Nebraska, known for running the ball forever, here is a list of a few great Husker runners, George Sauer, Lloyd Cardwell, Sam Francis, Bobby Reynolds, Harry ” Lighthorse” Wilson, “Choo Choo” Charlie Winters, Frank Solich, Thunder Thornton, “Tough” Tony Davis, Joe Orduna, Jeff Kinney, Ken Clark, Rick Berns, I.M. Hipp, Jeff Smith, Mike Rozier, Derek Brown, Calvin Jones, Roger Craig, Doug Dubose, Jarvis Redwine, Lawrence Phillips, Ahmann Green, Correll Buckhalter, Cory Ross, Dan Alexander, Damon Benning, Keith “End Zone” Jones, Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah. Throw in a few flankers and fullbacks who ran it too, like Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers, Andra Franklin, Jeff and Joel Mackovicka and Cory Schlesinger and it’s a tough list to top. Apologies to anyone I forgot.

Fuzz. on 2/25/2014 @ 9:28am EDT Said:

The best RB Wisconsin has ever seen never played a down with the Badgers. But he sure did some amazing things with Nebraska.