Muscle Shoals, Ala.--Signing with the Auburn Tigers in February, talented defensive back Jordyn Peters was all set to play for Coach Wesley McGriff until he left to be the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.
That meant a change in secondary coaches for the Tigers with veteran Greg Brown coming on board just before signing day. With NFL and college experience and three Jim Thorpe Award winners to his credit, Brown impressed the current Auburn defensive backs with his work this spring and the same is true of Peters.
“He’s a real laid-back coach and you can tell he really cares about the guys,” Peters said of his future position coach. “He’s not one of those coaches that it just yelling for no reason. He knows when to use the authority in his voice and he knows when to get to you.
“He knows if you’re the type of player that needs to be yelled at or if he just needs to come and talk to you. I saw a couple of guys that he would call up to them one-on-one and let them know what they did wrong and right. He’s a real laid-back guy.”
Jordyn Peters is expected to play safety for the Tigers.
Known as a players’ coach before he left the Tigers, McGriff was someone who got a lot of production out of his guys on and off the field because of the way he treated them. Peters said he sees the same thing in Brown.
“That’s real important because Coach McGriff was a big reason why I came,” Peters said. “I trusted Coach (Kevin) Steele when he hired Coach Brown. He said they were the same guys and I trusted him. After meeting him and him coming to my house I was pretty sure he was the same guy. This (the spring) just reassured it even more just seeing how they coached.
“I went through camp with McGriff and saw how he coached me. Just seeing how Coach Brown would coach, it’s pretty much the same.”
Getting to see the Tigers several times in the spring in person and get a feel for what the team is going to be like this fall, Peters said he can’t wait to get on campus in a few weeks and get his career started.
“I can’t wait,” Peters said. “I’m want to be out there today with them.”