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Report: Texas RB Derrian Brown placed on medical scholarship

Doctors for the Longhorns won’t clear the Georgia native after his stroke two years ago, ending his hopes of a career on the Forty Acres.

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A little more than two years after suffering a stroke that left Texas Longhorns running back Derrian Brown learning how to walk and talk again, team medical doctors informed the Brown family that they will not clear him to play football for the Longhorns, according to a report from Anwar Richardson of

Brown is now on a medical scholarship at Texas, but could play again elsewhere if he receives medical clearance.

Over the last two seasons, Brown battled back in an attempt to play football again, ultimately receiving clearance for modified activities in Dec. 2019, but he never appeared in a game for the Longhorns.

A corporate communications major, Brown was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in spring 2020.

Two years ago, Brown suffered a stroke at his high school that required emergency brain surgery and several months in the intensive care unit at a Georgia hospital. For several days, he was on a ventilator. A subsequent surgery replaced a piece of his skull that was removed to reduce pressure in his brain.