GAINESVILLE, Fla. Only a few people among the 87,000-plus at Kyle Field probably even noticed the seemingly insignificant moment on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators special-teams unit was about to take the field for a Texas A&M punt in the third quarter. When the Gators broke from their huddle on the sideline, No. 18 sprinted onto the field. That is normally true freshman tight end Kent Taylors number but Taylor didnt make the trip to College Station.
Instead, it was the long-awaited return of fifth-year junior cornerback Jeremy Brown. Brown changed from his usual No. 8 to 18 because teammate Trey Burton, No. 8 on offense, was also on the punt-block team.
After everything Brown has gone through, he would have gone shirtless if it meant playing time.
I just felt tremendously blessed to be with this opportunity, to go through so much and still have the opportunity to be able to come back and be around these guys and contribute in any way I can, Brown said Tuesday. I feel blesse...