One of the benefits of Pitt losing five players through transfers this spring is that — when a spot opens up – walk-ons who have remained loyal to the program are awarded with scholarships.
That’s what happened to backup running back Desmond Brown, who joined the team as a walk-on in the spring of 2011. He will play his final season this year on scholarship.
Brown, who was named to the Big East All-Academic team last year, has no carries in the past two seasons, although he has logged several — no, make that several times 10 — in practice. Especially this past spring when Rushel Shell left the team and Malcolm Crockett was injured.
Brown, the brother of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, transferred to Pitt from Miami Dade Community College. He will likely be the third-string back, behind Isaac Bennett and Crockett, with incoming freshman James Conner of Erie McDowell also expected to be part of the mix.
I guess I have a bit of fondness for Brown. I interviewed him in the spring of 2011 on one of his first days with the team. Plus, he is the son of Arena Football League standout Touchdown Eddie Brown.