Jordon Brown wasn’t a certainty to play last week.
Then all he did was go out and total 86 all-purpose yards for Kansas State in its 48-41 victory over a then-top-five Oklahoma squad. Brown, a senior running back who joined the Wildcats as a graduate transfer from North Carolina, hadn’t played in the team’s two previous games in October, versus Baylor and TCU, respectively.
Following the win, K-State head coach Chris Klieman lauded Brown’s contributions.
“I think it was big for us to have Jordon Brown back. It gave us back that 3-back set with some older guys with Jordon, James and Harry,” said Klieman, referring to the Wildcats’ two other primary options in the backfield, James Gilbert and Harry Trotter. “So that helped us.”
Brown didn’t have a chance to add to his numbers, however, as he exited late in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. It’s unknown whether it is related to the ailment that caused him to sit out the other two contests.
During Klieman’s weekly press conference Tuesday, the coach said Brown didn’t participate in Monday’s practice. The news going forward for Brown is more rosy, however.
“We envision him practicing some (Tuesday),” Klieman said, “and (he) should be ready to roll full speed, probably Wednesday.”
Brown ran 63 yards on 12 carries and added 23 yards on one reception Saturday.
For the season, he’s carried 37 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Those totals all rank second on the team to fellow graduate transfer Gilbert, who has started all seven games. Brown does have Gilbert beat in yards per carry, though: Brown’s 6.2 yards per carry is the best average on the team among players with at least 10 rushing attempts; Gilbert is at 5.6 (558 yards on 100 carries this fall).
Brown’s quickness and agility add a dimension the Wildcats lack when he’s not available — something Klieman was quick to point out Saturday.
“He’s got tremendous speed. He’s a tremendous receiver out of the backfield,” Klieman said. “Obviously on the one sideline ball that he caught, it was a great throw and catch. But it just gives us another weapon, and a fifth-year senior — an older guy who’s been in a lot of battles before.”