October 6, 2011

Brown expects the boos

Memphis native Marlon Brown remembers the day he spurned the University of Tennessee and committed instead to the Georgia Bulldogs.

He was sitting around the family living room with his grandmother, other family members and friends when the following thought occurred - he was going to get booed.

"Yeah, I already knew that as soon as I committed," Brown said earlier this week. "The first time I came here, I knew I was going to get booed. I know I am (Saturday)."

The Vol fans certainly didn't disappoint.

When Brown stepped on the field for the first time in the 2009 game, the crowd of 100,000-plus fans greeted him accordingly.

"It was loud," Brown smiled. "I knew it was going to happen. When it happened, I just smiled it off."

After missing the past two games with what's been a season-long battle with his ankle, Tennessee fans should get the chance to show their affection one more time.

"I'd say he's not 100-percent yet. He wasn't last week. He felt good enough to play - kind of strap it up and go. I'd love to get to see him get back to being 100-percent and just seeing what he can do, because he did have a really good camp," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "(Rantavious) Wooten had a great camp. Here we are just wondering when Wooten (concussion) is going to come back. Those are two guys that were in the starting lineup in preseason and in the way they were practicing. Now, some other guys have got opportunities. I don't know if these guys will be rolling back into their starting jobs or not quite frankly, but I hope they get back to that form and push them."

Brown, who has started two of the three games he has played in with four catches for 34 yards, says he'll be ready.

"I'm a lot better than I was the first two games of the season when I played on it," Brown said. "It feels a lot better."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has indeed been dealing with the injury for quite some time after teammate Derrick Lott rolled up over it during one of the Bulldogs' final 11-on-11 drills.

"It's been really sore," Brown said. "Derrick just fell on me and rolled on it. I was just in a bad spot. But I'm ready now."

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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