Former Auburn RB Ronnie Brown on Kerryon Johnson: He ‘only gets better each week’

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.

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“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. 

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“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.”

There’s no sign that Johnson will stop surprising people anytime soon, either, in Brown’s mind. That includes at the next level, where Brown believes Johnson will land and flourish when the time is right.
“He’s having a great career. He catches the ball well out of the backfield. He’s had a few games where he’s blocked well,” Brown said. “All of those things play a role in it, so I could see him playing at the next level.”
Critics may point to Johnson’s injury history, but Brown said that’s simply “the luck of the draw.” Besides, “about 100 percent of NFL players have had some type of injury at some point — whether it’s major or minor, but that’s, unfortunately, out of our hands. You’re just taking a risk every time you’re touching the ball.”
The way Johnson handles being in the spotlight — the junior is easily one of the most informative, inquisitive interviews on Auburn’s roster — will also serve him well in the future, too.
“That’s a part of being a professional when you go beyond Auburn,” Brown said. “The lessons and what you learn in that and the responsibility in it, whether it’s good or bad, being able to go up and speak, and for the media to be able to lean on you, that’s a good thing for him moving forward.”

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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