After the breakout successes of Montee Ball and James White complemented John Clay to give the Wisconsin Badgers one of the most talented running back trios in the nation last season, Zach Brown seemed to be left behind.
Now, Brown will look for more playing time elsewhere this fall after deciding to transfer from UW, head coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday. Brown is scheduled to graduate in August, which would keep him eligible to play for another Division I program in the fall. His departure also brings the Badgers’ scholarship number down to the required 85.
“We would like to thank Zach for all his contributions over the last four years,” Bielema said. “He decided it was in his best interests to explore his transfer options. Because he has taken care of his business academically, he has the chance to go somewhere and play right away. He is a great person and player and has handled himself the right way throughout his four years at Wisconsin. We wish him the best of luck in his future.”
In three years as a Badger, Brown rushed for 1,152 and 11 touchdowns on 240 carries (4.8 yards per). The Palm Beach, Fla., native rushed for 568 yards on 119 his freshman year (250 came in one game), but he gained only 305 on 55 carries his sophomore year. As a junior, Brown rushed for 279 yards on 66 attempts, leaving him third on the team behind Ball and Clay. Brown redshirted last season, while White, Clay and Ball combined for 3,060 yards.
“I’d like to thank my coaches, teammates and all the Badger fans for the last four years,” Brown said. “I’ve had a great experience at the University of Wisconsin but just felt it was in my best interests to explore other options.”
It is sad to see a quality player transfer away from Wisconsin. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!