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Bryce Brown didn’t take the road most often traveled en route to the NFL, but he has made it and is doing everything he can to prove he belongs for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles’ seventh-round pick had an interesting collegiate career after being one of the most highly touted prospects of 2009, ranked higher than the Cleveland Browns’ Trent Richardson—the first running back off the board taken third overall in the 2012 NFL draft.
Recruited to Tennessee by Lane Kiffin, Brown starred during his freshman season with 460 yards on 101 carries with three touchdowns. He split carries with current Browns back Montario Hardesty that year—the SEC’s second leading rusher.
But then Lane Kiffin fled for USC.
Persuaded to attend Tennessee by Kiffin, Brown sought to transfer elsewhere with his departure following the spring semester. Unfortunately, leaving Tennessee was not as easy as he would have liked.
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