Running Back Coach Welcomes Gran News

Eddie Gran talks about having the opportunity to coach the Cadillac and Ronnie Brown for another season.

Auburn, Ala.--"It's just a great day for Auburn," was the response of running back coach Eddie Gran when he got the news on Wednesday evening that his star tailbacks have decided not to enter the NFL draft after their junior seasons.

"You can't be more ecstatic as a running back coach," Gran notes. "I think Coach Tuberville (Tommy Tuberville) said it the best. It shows their character. It shows what their families are about. It shows what they mean to this football program, their team, and all of the other things they put into consideration when they made their decision."

Ronnie Brown

Gran says he wasn't 100 percent sure what Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown were going to announce at their press conference until they each, one by one, stepped before the microphone and said they are turning to play for the Auburn football team as seniors. Another junior, cornerback Carlos Rogers, also announced that he will stay for his senior season.

"I had a good idea, I felt good in and out of the process," Gran notes. "It is kind of like Carnell said. It was 50-50 and then it was here and then it was there.

"As they gathered more information, it went one way. As they gathered more information, it went back down the other way. They waited this long and I think that benefitted them. I think a week ago they might have jumped the gun. They really did a nice job of doing what they had to do to gather the information."

Carnell Williams

Gran says he has no doubt that both players can improve their stock with the NFL as seniors even with the pair splitting the tailback carries. "The NFL is looking for production," Gran says. "If they have five carries, they are looking for what they do on those five carries whether the other guy has 30 carries."

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