Top Rated RB Bryce Brown Leaves Tennessee

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 18, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bryce Brown #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers is tackled by Ryan Stamper #41 of the Florida Gators during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Just a year after joining the program, Five-star (Rivals.com) rated running back Bryce Brown has left the football team due to 'personal and family problems'.

Brown rushed for 460 yards on 101 attempts in his first season as a true freshman with the Vols, while recording three touchdowns under Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin has since left the team to coach at Southern California after head coach Pete Carroll was hired by the Seattle Seahawks.

Many attribute the recent departures from the program to Kiffin's exodus.

Brown originally committed to Miami, where his brother, Arthur Brown Jr, played but instead signed at Tennessee after Lane Kiffin was hired.

Brown indicated he might transfer out of the program due to the change in head coach, but has until the end of the spring semester to decide.

Coming out in the Class of 2009, he was ranked by Rivals.com as the #1 running back recruit out of high school.

"He has the size to be an every down back and the explosiveness, speed, vision, and cut-back ability to take it to the house any time he touches the ball." said Scout.com's Greg Powers.

In high school Brown rushed for 1,872 yards on 203 carries and scored 30 touchdowns. He was All-State, Parade All-American, USA Today All-USA, and part of the U.S. Army All-American Game.