There are 29 days until OU football kicks off, and today’s countdown piece is all about former running back Chris Brown, a more-than-solid back who helped the Oklahoma Sooners win a bunch of ball games.
The diminutive yet stout tailback from Alexandria, Louisiana lettered from 2006 to 2009 and was an integral part of one of the most prolific offenses in college football history in 2008. Brown started the 2009 BCS National Championship game against the Florida Gators in place of an injured DeMarco Murray. In that game, he accumulated 110 yards on 22 carries. Overall, he started in 14 of his 45 games as a Sooner, amassing 3,246 total yards from scrimmage along with an impressive 45 scores.
Style-wise, Brown wasn’t a bruising type of runner, but he would frequently win the hard yards. He wasn’t a speedster either, but he ran with a quickness that allowed him to routinely get to the edge and pick up key first downs. Brown’s game was less about flash and more about consistency and reliability, and that’s exactly what made him such a fine player.
And while Brown’s name doesn’t typically come up in the discussion of the greatest running backs OU history, he actually ranks 6th all-time in school history for career rushing touchdowns with 42, which is one more than the legendary Adrian Peterson.
With OU’s running back situation relatively unproven heading into the 2017 season, if any or all of the current backs are able to provide the offense with the heart and the effort and the production like Chris Brown did, then the Sooners’ run game should be in excellent shape. Now enjoy some highlights of this upstanding Sooner.