Buford football star Brown hospitalized after apparent seizure

Buford's Derrian Brown stiff arms a defender in the second half on Friday night against Bainbridge. (Photo: David McGregor)

One of Gwinnett County’s top high school football players was hospitalized Thursday with a serious medical condition.

Buford senior running back, and Daily Post Offensive Player of the Year, Derrian Brown suffered an apparent seizure early Thursday morning and was transported to a local hospital, sources close to his family told the Daily Post.

Neither recently-named Buford head coach Bryant Appling nor athletics directory Tony Wolfe could be reached for comment.

However, Buford principal Ed Shaddix issued a statement Thursday evening via Twitter that read, “As many of you have heard, one of our students, Derrian Brown, has been hospitalized following a medical situation. At this time, Derrian’s family has asked for there to be no visitors at the hospital, as there is no room and Derrian needs to focus on his recovery. Please keep Derrien and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We will update you on his condition as it is appropriate. Thanks for your support.”

Brown had a big senior season in 2018, running for a Gwinnett-best 1,908 yards and 28 touchdowns on 246 carries, caught 10 passes for 162 yards and a TD and returned 11 kickoffs for 196 yards and two punts for 94 yards, including a touchdown in helping the Wolves to another Region 8-AAAAA championship and a berth in the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals last fall.

That effort not only earned him the Daily Post’s Offensive Player of the Year honors, plus a spot on the recently-released Georgia Sports Writers Association first team All-State from Class AAAAA, but also a scholarship to play at the University of Texas.

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Graduated from GSU in 1990. Have worked in sports journalism for the past 28 years, covering a variety of sports at the Gwinnett Daily News, AJC, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser and Marietta Daily Journal before returning to Gwinnett at the Post in 2007.

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