"I was blessed to have the opportunity," he said. "I knew a little bit about Marshall and the tradition here, and I was really excited."
Position-wise, Brown replaces JuJuan Seider, who went upstate to his old West Virginia home. Brown inherits four backs who last fall combined for more than 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns - Kevin Grooms, Steward Butler, Remi Watson and Essray Taliaferro.
Brown has only met briefly with the quartet, just long enough to introduce himself and outline his basic expectations. The death of his grandfather and resulting funeral kept him out of town for several days.
But he saw some clips of the Herd's game against Rice, which wasn't a bad choice - Butler, Grooms and Watson combined for 353 yards and six touchdowns in a 54-51 double-overtime win over the Owls.
Those runners didn't do much dancing around in that track meet.
"That's one thing that jumped at me right off the bat," Brown said. "They were very decisive runners, and when they got into open space they were able to make guys miss and go the distance."
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