Bryce Brown watched football on television last Thanksgiving, wondering if he would ever get a chance to play in the NFL after a brief, checkered collegiate career.
Now the rookie running back is preparing for his first start since 2008. In front of a national TV audience, no less.
With LeSean McCoy sidelined by a concussion, Brown is expected to get a bulk of the carries when the Philadelphia Eagles host Carolina on Monday night. He's come a long way since leaving two schools in a three-year span.
''It's exciting,'' Brown said Wednesday. ''I'm looking forward to the opportunity. I'm grateful for it. I've had a tough road. Mentally, I have to get prepared. Obviously, I'll get more carries but I prepare the same way every week.''
Brown was the nation's highest-ranked running back coming out of Wichita East High School in 2008. He chose Tennessee and had an impressive freshman year backing up Montario Hardesty. Brown rushed for 104 yards in his first game with the Vols and finishe...