ATHENS -- Marlon Brown really enjoys playing Vanderbilt. For the second consecutive year, the Georgia senior led the team in receiving yards against Vanderbilt with 114 total yards. In 2011, the Memphis, Tenn., native had a career-high 121 yards in the tightly contested game in Nashville. When asked if playing Vanderbilt, one of the two SEC in his home state, Brown did not deny what many think about the heightened play. “Both (Vanderbilt and Tennesee) recruited me,” Brown said after Georgia's 48-3 win Saturday. “I wanted to go to Tennessee when I was younger, but things change when you get older. I love playing against my hometown team. It felt really good.” Brown had a touchdown to cap Georgia’s second offensive drive of the second half. The 6-yard catch came on a slant out of the left slot. Brown almost had another touchdown on Georgia’s next possession. A 58-yard catch and run took the Bulldogs to the Vanderbilt 3-yard line before Keith Marshall punched in his second touchdown of the evening. If Brown had scored, he would have equaled his touchdown count from last year against Vanderbilt.
When asked about missing out on another score he laughed and said, “I should have dove.” The player who had a hand in Brown's performance, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, was glad to see Brown having his own success.
“He’s a great receiver," Murray said. “He’s a big kid, 6-5, big target for you deal with. He’s got some speed, as well. I’m very happy for him that he’s healthy and that he’s feeling good. He’s just going out there and doing his thing.” Although Brown gets a little extra boost for the contests against his home state teams, it’s a secret to his teammates.
“I think that’s something that he keeps to himself," Murray said. “He just gets a little extra ready for (games against Tennessee-based teams).” As for a repeat performance next week when his favorite childhood team, Tennessee, comes to Athens, Brown doesn’t worry about the details. “I’m just going to keep grinding watching film, and getting better, he said. “We just got to keep grinding, take it one day at a time like we’ve been doing.”