Malcolm Brown & Aaron Green interviews, Steele-Madison recap


I was fortunate to go down to San Antonio on Saturday and check out a game between Steele High School and Madison High School who, coincidentally enough, feature two of the premier running back recruits in the country in Malcolm Brown and Aaron Green, respectively.

Although the two entered the game highly touted (both are considered five-star recruits by, Brown was carrying a little more publicity with his recent commitment to Texas. Green is considering California, Florida State, Nebraska and, guess who, the Longhorns.

The two athletes are also close friends.

Here’s a highlight video of the game provided by CountdownCityPreps. If you want to fast-forward to the good parts, Green’s (#2) touchdowns are at 1:09, 4:10 and a beauty at 6:50 where he weaves in and out of traffic for a 70-yard touchdown. 

Brown (#28) has a nice touchdown catch at the 4:50 mark, showing his hands and versatility. At the 5:30 mark, Malcolm Brown has the run of the night. Check this one out.


Green had far and away the better first half, as Madison’s defense loaded up the box and stuffed Brown on several occasions, whose first half stats were 15 carries for 45 yards.

But it’s hard to keep Brown, who’s six-foot-one, 218 lbs., down for long. His 89-yard touchdown was just incredible. He has a tremendous combination of power and balance. When he runs downhill, he looks like a freight train.

Green is a guy who you want to get into space little more. He’s most dangerous when he’s out on the edge and can make defenders miss. At five-foot-eleven, 186 lbs., he’s smaller than Brown, but is very athletic.

Strangely enough, there weren’t a whole lot of plays (if any) that featured Green catching balls out of the backfield. With his ability to make plays in space, that might be a dimension that’s explored with Green as he goes into college.  

It was an exciting game with lots of great moments, but in the end, Madison edged Steele 28-25. Here’s the interviews with Aaron Green and Malcolm Brown.

Clearly, Brown is disappointed with the loss, and it’s hard to get a whole lot out of him to begin with, but he and Green are very well-mannered, well-spoken young men.

Also, look out for the following names: receiver Blake Gardner (#8) and defensive tackle Marquis Anderson (#77) for Steele. Anderson is an Oklahoma commit. For Madison, check out receiver Quincy Daniels (#11) and running back Troy Williams(#22) and keep an eye out for Williams. Currently,he is committed to UT-San Antonio, but after last night’s performance,he might be seeing some more D-I offers.

Kentucky QB Patrick Towles to transfer

Patrick Towles

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles will transfer, he announced in an Instagram post Sunday afternoon.

Towles leaves school as Kentucky’s sixth-most prolific passer, completing 427-of-759 passes for 5,099 yards with 24 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

Once compared to Ben Roethlisberger, Towles’ career peeked in a 2014 game with then-No. 1 Mississippi State, as he completed 24-of-43 passes for 390 yards with two touchdowns in a 45-31 loss to the Bulldogs.

But Kentucky stumbled down the stretch, starting 5-1 and finishing 5-7, and Towles stumbled through a 2015 campaign in which he threw nine touchdowns against 14 interceptions.

He’d been passed by freshman Drew Barker by the end of the season, and threw only four passes in a loss to Louisville on Saturday.

A junior, Towles will complete his political science degree in December and be eligible for immediate playing time at a new destination in 2016.

Penn State fires offensive coordinator John Donovan

Penn State football practice, Sept 9, 2015

Penn State has fired offensive coordinator John Donovan, the program announced Sunday.

“I have tremendous respect for John and the work he has put in the last five years,” head coach James Franklin said in a statement. “I wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”

Donovan originally hooked up with Franklin when the two were at Maryland, then coordinated his offenses at Vanderbilt and later Penn State.

Despite playing with what many project to be a future first-round pick in quarterback Christian Hackenberg, Penn State ranked 101st nationally in scoring, 108th in total offense and 80th in yards per play.

Penn State dropped its final three games of the regular season and averaged only 14.6 points in its five losses.

Purdue retains head coach Darrell Hazell, fires both coordinators

Markell Jones
AP Photo

It’s never a good thing when a head coach has to fire both of his coordinators on the same day. Of course, it’s never a good thing to be 6-30, either.

Both are realities at Purdue, as the Boilers announced Sunday head coach Darrell Hazell will return for a fourth season in 2016, but offensive coordinator John Shoop, defensive coordinator Greg Hudson and defensive line coach Rubin Carter will not.

“I appreciate the efforts of each of those guys over the last three years,” Hazell said in a statement. “They are quality men who are well respected by their players and their peers, and I am disappointed that things didn’t work out better. But I believe that in order to turn around this program, we need to make some significant changes and move in a different direction at those positions.”

Purdue, 2-10 in 2015, ranked 115th nationally in yards per play and 112th in yards per play allowed.

Virginia Tech announces Justin Fuente as head coach; Bud Foster to stay on as DC

Associated Press

Justin Fuente is officially Virginia Tech’s new head coach. A day after reports linked the two parties, the Hokies made the match official by announcing the 39-year-old as their new head coach on Sunday afternoon.

“Justin is a very impressive individual who also happens to be one of the brightest offensive minds in college football,” Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock said in a statement. “He elevated Memphis to unprecedented heights. His recruiting philosophy is progressive and comprehensive. Coach Fuente has displayed tremendous talent in evaluating players and developing young men as they strive to reach their full potential. Simply put, Coach Fuente exudes all the qualities that Hokies hold near and dear. We are excited to officially welcome Justin Fuente as the leader of the Virginia Tech football program.”

Fuente went 26-23 in four years as Memphis’s head coach, but his success runs far beyond a simple won-loss record. After going 7-17 in his first two seasons, Fuente guided the Tigers to a 19-6 mark in 2014-15, which included a 15-game winning streak, a No. 13 national ranking and a win over rival Ole Miss within that run.

Simply put, it was the absolute peak of modern Memphis football.

And now Fuente is tasked with taking Virginia Tech to new heights. The Hokies dominated the ACC throughout much of the 2000’s, taking conference crowns in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010. But as Florida State and Clemson have risen, Virginia Tech has fallen.

After posting 13 top-25 finishes in 14 seasons, the Hokies are set to conclude their fourth straight campaign outside the national rankings, going just 16-16 in ACC play over that span.

The offensive numbers state exactly why Fuente was hired, and what he must do in Blacksburg; Memphis ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense and eighth in passing efficiency, while Virginia Tech sits at 64th and 59th, respectively.

The cupboard is not bare, though. Virginia Tech is in the midst of a 23-year bowl streak, and Fuente has already secured one key commitment — longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster has agreed to stay on staff.

“I’ve been privileged to work for a legendary coach who always did it the right way,” Foster said. “I enjoyed that chapter and the success we’ve had, however, I am equally excited for the next chapter and working for Justin. Justin and I share a vision for the future of our program. After spending time together, I’m convinced he’s the right person to continue building on the standard we’ve established at Virginia Tech. I’m truly looking forward to working with him and supporting him.”

Clearly, Babcock and the VT brass believe, a Fuente offense and a Foster defense are what the Hokies need to catch Clemson and Florida State.

Now it’s Fuente’s job to make that happen.