I caught up with Florida running back signee Mack Brown Sunday before I glued my eyes to the USA-Canada game. While Canadian — and original Mighty Duck — Paul Kariya is my all-time favorite hockey player, Zach Parise wears No. 9 oh so nicely. Hats off to the U.S. team. I hated to see them lose, but now I remember what great hockey looks like. I still think they should have busted out the Mighty Ducks jerseys a la “D2: The Mighty Ducks.” I mean Ron Wilson is the U.S. coach and he was Anaheim’s first head coach …

I was just trying to get a couple of extra tidbits for a story I’m doing on Brown, but I got a little bit more out of the conversation and figured I’d share it with the No. 1 recruiting blog fans in the country!

Brown, who suffered through a hamstring injury this season (and pretty much every high school season he’s had), first started running in mid-February after resting since the end of Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King’s regular season in November. Well, Brown didn’t waste time getting back into the swing of things. He said he ran a blazing 4.4 in the 40-yard dash last week.

Um, yeah. Just a handful of days after running for the first time in almost three months, Brown is nearly up to his top speed. He recorded a 4.38 before his senior year. Brown said he felt a little tightness, but no pain after running.

However, he’s had some trouble getting his weight to stay above 200 pounds.

“I gained 10 (pounds) and lost five,” Brown said. “It’s hard to keep (the weight) on. I live with my dad, so he doesn’t cook for me all the time.”

It might be time for him to visit the McDonald’s value menu a few more times a week.

Brown will report to UF for Summer B, so he should be in town in late June. He’s hoping his weight and hamstring issues work themselves out in time for summer practices so he can have a legitimate shot at cracking the lineup in the fall.

“I’m real excited (about getting to campus),” he said. “Hopefully I get some playing time (in the fall).

“I’m a baller. If I get a chance I’m gonna turn Gainesville out.”

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