Tim Brown always had potential.
The Thomas County Central sophomore running back just needed an opportunity.
With a plethora of injuries to the Yellow Jackets' backfield, Central has counted on Brown in recent weeks. Brown has delivered with a couple of standout performances.
“We always knew he had the potential because when he was down in the middle school he was a pretty big star,” Central coach Bill Shaver said. “His time kind of came this year when Deondre (Cooksey) got injured and Damian (Williams) got injured. Shaq (Coleman) had to step in and he did a good job. Basically, we've been playing the last two games with two backup running backs. Those guys have done a good job.”
In the Yellow Jackets' last game against Hardaway, Cooksey's first missed start with an injured ankle, Brown tallied 72 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and one touchdown reception of 25 yards. A week earlier at Lee County, Brown ran for 51 yards and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass.
“He just had to get out there and prove it to himself that he could do that. He seems to be playing with some pretty good confidence right now,” Shaver said. “We're definitely going to need him to play that well because injured ankles can always reoccur. It's always going to be a little tender. Tim's going to need to be ready to go at any drop of the hat.”
Brown, who had been playing on defense as well as a backup linebacker, was pressed into full-time running back duty following Cooksey's injury. Brown has displayed toughness and quickness reminiscent to a former Yellow Jackets running back.
“He's going to run the ball hard. He runs with a passion,” Shaver said. “He's the kind of veer back we like. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's got good quickness. He doesn't mind sticking it up in there. He's a tough guy and has good hands, so you don't worry about him catching the pitch. He's caught two touchdown passes the last two games on some things we like to do with our running backs out of the backfield.
“All of those things are very valuable to us. It's very similar to when James Davis had to step up as a sophomore. He moved in there as a sophomore and started his first game against Cairo. Tim's done that. We hope he has the same kind of career that James had.”
For full details, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.