AUBURN, Ala. — The comparisons have always elicited a smile from Ronnie Brown. Ever since Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway emerged on the national football scene, they’ve been mentioned in conversations about Brown and his former backfield partner Carnell Williams.
As someone who’s lived through all the struggles and success while wearing orange and blue, Brown only wants the best for the dynamic duo.
So, he cheered last weekend when Johnson scored a touchdown at Texas A&M in the third quarter, bringing his career total to 29 — the same number Brown finished with during his time on the Plains. Brown, who now works every Auburn game as a sideline reporter, isn’t worried about his own records. He wants to see more from Johnson through the final weeks of the 2017 regular season.
“Hopefully, he can move up further on that list,” Brown said. “That will be a good thing for not only himself but for the school and for the team.”
Brown earned the nickname “Hummer” to complement “Cadillac” Williams when they played for the Tigers more than a decade ago. He was the bigger, stronger back, while Williams was known for his speed and acceleration. Though Brown was known as a more bruising back during his playing days, he’s been impressed with the way Johnson has run this season.
“ He’s one of those with his speed he can get outside,” Brown said. “He can take the ball the distance at any time, but just to see how he’s developed and how he runs between the tackles and the toughness he’s run with — that’s been great. And it seems like he only gets better each week.”
One run in particular at Texas A&M caught Brown’s attention.
“He had that one run where he pretty much did a lot of it on his own for the last 10-15 yards,” Brown said. “He was breaking tackles and throwing guys off, and he’s done a great job of going through arm tackles, which I think a lot of people have underestimated him in that area in terms of how he can run and the power he has.”
Brown’s presence in the record books and on the sidelines at Auburn games nowadays is respected. He’s always willing to help current Tigers, but he also enjoys watching them craft their own story. When it comes to Johnson, one thing is for certain: It’s far from finished.
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