Donald Brown broke out this season at UConn. After sharing carries with Andre Dixon the last couple years, Brown became the man for the Huskies. He was the leading rusher in college football -- despite not even being a Doak Walker Award finalist -- carrying the ball 338 times for 1829 yards and was the Big East Offensive Player of the Year.
Brown is a redshirt junior on track to graduate. Couple that with the season he had, the number of carries he has and limited tread life for running backs. Well it seemed like a near certainty that he would declare for the NFL Draft after UConn's International Bowl appearance. Brown, though, is saying otherwise.
"Yeah, we can explore the options, see what they have to say, but I'm coming back," Brown said. "My goal is to go to the Orange Bowl. That's what I want to do, and next year will be my last shot."
Brown has requested feedback from the NFL, but has not yet received it. Even his own coach is hedging. Saying that while he wants Brown to come back -- especially considering he had more rushing yards than UConn had throwing this year -- he wants to see what the NFL evaluation report says before making that sort of declaration.
It is a nice sentiment by Brown to want to come back, but just ask Colt McCoy and plenty of other players that have said they are coming back. Only to start hedging as the time drew near and realize that the money and opportunity is just too great.