MADISON (Press Release) – Senior running back Zach Brown will not return to the Wisconsin football team in 2011 and will explore his options to transfer, UW head coach Bret Bielema announced on Tuesday.
"We would like to thank Zach for all his contributions over the last four years," Bielema said. "He decided it was in his best interests to explore his transfer options. Because he has taken care of his business academically, he has the chance to go somewhere and play right away. He is a great person and player and has handled himself the right way throughout his four years at Wisconsin. We wish him the best of luck in his future."
Brown, a native of Palm Beach, Fla., rushed for 568 yards on 119 carries as a true freshman in 2007, including a 250-yard performance in a win over Minnesota. Playing behind P.J. Hill and John Clay as a sophomore, Brown ran for 305 yards on 55 carries. As a junior, Brown finished third on the team behind Clay and Montee Ball with 66 rushes for 279 yards. Brown redshirted last season as Clay, Ball and James White combined for more than 3,000 rushing yards.
In his three-year Badger career, Brown carried the ball 240 times for 1,152 yards (4.8 ypc.) and 11 touchdowns. Brown is on pace to graduate from Wisconsin in August with a bachelor's degree in history. According to a new NCAA rule, Brown could be eligible to play at another Division I institution in the fall.
"I'd like to thank my coaches, teammates and all the Badger fans for the last four years," Brown said. "I've had a great experience at the University of Wisconsin but just felt it was in my best interests to explore other options."
Courtesy: UW Press Release