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Zach Brown | Running Back

Team: Pittsburgh Panthers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 207

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With Ray Graham gone for the remainder of the season, Zach Brown will be Pitt’s featured running back.
No surprise here. After all, it was Brown who performed nicely after taking over for Graham against UConn in the Panthers’ last game. The Wisconsin transfer is also the only other experienced running back, so this was an easy decision for coach Todd Graham heading into Saturday’s game against Cincinnati. For his career, which includes three seasons in Madison, Brown has 1,281 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Tue, Nov 1, 2011 11:53:00 AM

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Zach Brown took over for the injured Ray Graham and had 114 yards on 21 touches.

It is nice having a veteran to turn to in an emergency. And we do mean a veteran. Brown played three seasons (2007-09) with Wisconsin compiling 1,152 rushing yards and 11 TDs. Knowing how stocked the Badgers were in the back field last season with John Clay, Montee Ball and James White, Brown redshirted. He graduated and then transferred to Pitt with one year of eligibility. Since he received his degree, he did not have to sit out a season. With Graham injured during Pitt’s opening series, Brown saw his first extended action as a Panther. He was 12-30-1 on the ground and set career highs with 9-84 receiving.
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 10:01:00 AM

After backing up for the bulk of his career, Wisconsin running back Zach Brown is leaving the program and will look into his transfer options.

Brown is a speedy back who has been a solid backup for the Badgers. In the right system, he could be a one-year wonder.
Source: ESPN
Wed, May 18, 2011 03:22:00 AM

Wisconsin running back Zach Brown is shouldering the load this spring as John Clay rests his knee and Montee Ball is limited due to a shoulder injury.

We thought Brown would push for more carries last season, but big bad Clay carried the ground game.  Even with the increased reps this spring, Brown will likely be the third man in, behind Clay and Ball, this fall.
Fri, Apr 2, 2010 09:45:00 AM

Wisconsin running back Zach Brown (concussion) is healthy and ready to play this week against Purdue.

Brown will likely see a few carries, but even when healthy it is clear John Clay is the lead horse at running back.
Thu, Oct 29, 2009 08:30:00 AM's Adam Rittenberg reports that Wisconsin running back Zach Brown is questionable for Saturday's showdown with Iowa due to a concussion.

Freshman Montee Ball will serve as backup to workhorse John Clay.
Tue, Oct 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM

Wisconsin RB's Zach Brown and John Clay both looked sluggish on Saturday, combining to go 29-94-2 against Northern Illinois. 

Clay got the two scores, but at a paltry 2.9 yard average on his 15 carries.  Brown was not much better, managing 3.6 on his 14 lugs.  While Brown was named the starter, it's clear that both will play.  Here's to hoping they play a little bit better against Fresno State.  
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Sun, Sep 6, 2009 01:15:00 PM

Running back Zach Brown appears to have passed John Clay on the Wisconsin depth chart. "It’s real," running backs coach John Settle said. "He took it over about midway through last week and he hasn’t done anything to relinquish that. If we played tomorrow, he’d start the ball game."

First off, Clay is still going to see plenty of carries and this could be a motivational ploy to get Clay to absorb the playbook faster. Second, we've been preaching to watch out for the speedster Brown, so the fact that the two will likely split carries is not a huge shock. Still, this news is going to sting many fantasy owners a bit.
Sun, Aug 23, 2009 01:45:00 PM

Wisconsin running back Zach Brown ran with the first team and John Clay ran with the second team. 

We wouldn't read anymore into this than Brown getting some work with the first team.  Clay should still be the starter.  However, as we've noted numerous times, Brown will be heavily involved this fall.
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 08:45:00 AM

“Probably our top three running backs are three totally different backs,” Wisconsin coach Brett Bielema said refering to John Clay, Zach Brown and Erik Smith. “What that’s going to enable us to do is package certain things and also give a nice changeup."

Bielema went on to heap a ton of expectations and praise on Clay, who clearly has the most fantasy upside.  Watch our for Brown, however, he will see a steady dose of carries as well.
Source: Badger Beat
Mon, Aug 3, 2009 12:45:00 AM

Tailback Zach Brown of the Wisconsin Badgers truly impressed carrying the ball in Saturday's spring game, racking up a total of 110 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Wisconsin has a unique way of producing outstanding ball carriers in Madison, and Brown is no exception. Watchout for Brown stealing carries from starter John Clay this fall.
Sun, Apr 19, 2009 09:00:00 AM

Wisconsin running back Zach Brown has been running with renewed vigor this spring in hopes of becoming more than just the Badgers' third down back. "Zach runs with a little bit of purpose. He has become thicker," coach Brett Bielema said. "Zach's a great attitude, great energy, kid. (He) has been good for us in protection. He needs to become a complete back and I think he?s making strides to be that."

Those casting their lot with John Clay should be wary of Brown. He brings something to the table that Clay cannot, gamebreaking speed.
Source: Badger Beat
Mon, Apr 13, 2009 09:15:00 PM