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MADISON – Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has found a running backs coach to replace Thomas Hammock in more ways than one.
According to footballscoop.com, UW has hired former Georgia tailback Thomas Brown, who coached running backs at Marshall last season. Before Brown, 27, came to Marshall, he spent one season as the running backs coach at Chattanooga.
No official announcement has been made, but Brown spent the morning retweeting congratulation messages on his Twitter account.
Marshall finished second in Conference USA in rushing at 205.9 yards per game. The Thundering Herd had three tailbacks rushed for over 500 yards last season, including Essray Taliaferro leading the team with 1,140 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
After signing two touted prep football players (three-star nose tackle Jeremy Patterson and three-star receiver Krenwick Sanders) in the 2014 recruiting class from the state, in large part to the efforts of Hammock, Andersen said he wanted an assistant coach to work full time recruiting Georgia. Brown fits that billing for the Badgers.
A prep standout at Tucker High School in Atlanta, Brown became a four-year starter at Georgia from 2004-07. He was a member of the Bulldogs’ 2005 SEC championship squad, finished his career as the fifth-leading rusher in school history and was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Brown suffered a season-ending injury during a preseason game his rookie year and was released in 2009. He was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad in November 2009 and was promoted to the active roster in January 2010, but was released before the next season.
Brown also spent a year working on the strength and conditioning staff at Georgia before getting his coaching opportunity at Chattanooga.
Marshall won the Conference USA East Division title with a 7-1 mark last season. While losing the league title game, the Thundering Herd closed the season with a 31-20 victory over future Big Ten school Maryland in the Military Bowl.
Hammock, who was also UW's recruiting coordinator, left Feb.5 to become the running backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens.