June 21, 2006

Minor eager to compete for time at tailback

Carlos Brown, Carlos Brown, Carlos Brown. With good reason, Brown earned a lot of attention in the spring after enrolling at Michigan in January and getting his career started ahead of schedule. But there will be a second freshman in the backfield this fall - Richmond, Va. native Brandon Minor -- and he's determined to make an impact also.

Minor arrived in Ann Arbor on Friday, and has been working out with his new teammates consistently. He's hung out with Brown a few times, and has enjoyed conversation with him, dismissing the notion that the two cannot be friends.

"He's a good kid - we're cool even though we both want the same thing," Minor said. "I just want my chance."

Minor could get it too. It appears likely that the Michigan coaches will use two and quite possibly three backs this year to keep starter Mike Hart fresh. While sophomore Kevin Grady is a lock for the backup role, the third back is yet to be determined.

Brown's early enrollment gives him a leg up on Minor, but he also had a lot more to learn after playing quarterback in high school. Minor, on the other hand, was a tailback his entire prep career and has a far greater understanding of the position. A trio of veteran backs will also be competing for playing time, but if the U-M coaching staff goes with a rookie, it's not a given Brown will get the nod. It could be Minor.

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