The Big Ten, Sam Brownlee, and the Ineptitude of National Sports Media

Posted by Al NamiasIV on November-16-2009 Add Comments

I'm sure my fellow Hawkeye fans recall Sam Brownlee, the walk-on tailback from Emmetsburg, Iowa, who, in 2004, was thrust into a starting role when the football gods took some twisted vengeance on Iowa running backs and tore up all of their ACLs.

Needless to say, Sam Brownlee was hardly the second coming of Earl Campbell. However, he didn't fumble the ball in over 100 touches, and picked up his blocking assignments. Meanwhile, Drew Tate worked some sort of magic, the Iowa defense destroyed everything in its path, and, somehow, with the worst rushing attack in the country, Iowa secured a co-Big Ten championship and a 9-2 record.

Hawkeye fans appreciated Brownlee, but knew that he would not touch the two-deep in 2005. In fact...

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