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.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.