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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rutgers' Mitch Browning sees similarities to run-dominant Minnesota teams

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

On Monday, the Rundown led with the relationship between Rutgers offensive line coach Mitch Browning and Big Ten Network analyst Glen Mason, who coached together for more than two decades.

Here's more about the understated Browning that you might not know:

Browning and Mason coached on the same early 1990s staff at Kansas as Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his defensive coordinator, Dave Warner. Dantonio was a defensive backs coach.

At Minnesota, Mason's staff became the first in Big Ten history to birth three straight 3,000-yard rushing seasons. It made NCAA history with three straight years with two 1,00-yard rushers.

Browning“Obviously (Mason) did a great job. He won at places that were have-not jobs in college football. He was a great head coach, he was a great leader. His No. 1 thing was he kept the players in mind. He took care of the players."

"When we first started (at Minnesota) we didn’t have much talent. Those guys kind of took us to a different level. We’ve got the talent on this (Rutgers) team to be competitive and accomplish a lot of things.”

Mason: "I would have to assume (Rutgers is) going to try to expand their recruiting territory into Big Ten territory, most notably the state of Ohio. I don’t know of anybody probably in the Big Ten right now in any school that has a more extensive background in recruiting the state of Ohio than Mitch Browning.”

"When you talk about offensive line play, for a number of years we at Minnesota ran the ball better than anybody in the country. Part of that was our offensive line play. Fundamentally, year after year after year, they were well coached, they understood the schemes, fundamentally sound and performed well."

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