Brown Delivering For Auburn's Offense

Auburn, Ala.--What has Brown done for you lately?

Well, if you are an Auburn football player, coach or fan, a heck of a lot is the answer.

The latest SEC Offensive Player of the Week after rumbling for 224 rushing yards vs. Ole Miss, including 90 of the YAC (yards after contact variety), the sophomore tailback from Cartersville, Ga., has provided a major boost to the AU offense in the last three games.

During that run since the Tigers lost starting tailback Carnell Williams to a fractured fibula in the second quarter of the Florida game on Oct. 19th, Brown has rushed for 482 yards on 73 carries while scoring seven touchdowns. That computes to 160.7 yards per game during that stretch at an impressive 6.6 yards per carry.

Running back Ronnie Brown plows over Alabama native Eric Oliver for a big gain against the Ole Miss Rebels.

For the season Brown has 659 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He is averaging 73.2 yards per game and 6.3 yards per carry.

Brown had praise for the play of his offensive line at Ole Miss. On his 49-yard touchdown run Brown was not touched. On his other two touchdown runs, the big 6-1, 218-pound bruiser was at close to full speed before a defensive player touched him.

"I give all the credit to the O-line," he said. "They are blocking tremendously well and when my number is called I just have to make the best of it. Fortunately, I have been able to do that."

Brown is the first Tiger to run for seven touchdowns in a three-game stretch since Washington Redskins star Stephen Davis did it during a stretch vs. Arkansas, East Carolina and Georgia in 1994.

"Ronnie Brown continues to make major strides," Tuberville said of the redshirt sophomore's performance in Oxford. "It was good to see him run with second and third effort. I think that is the biggest thing he has improved on--his second and third effort running the ball. It was a good performance out of him."

Brown was limited last season by three injuries to his toe, shoulder and thigh, but still contributed 330 yards on 84 carries while catching seven passes for 109 yards.

Brown and the Tigers return to the practice field on Tuesday to start working on the game plan for Saturday's homecoming game vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium for the fourth and final non-conference game on the regular season schedule. Auburn, which is 6-3, has a 3-0 all-time record vs. the Indians, who will bring a 2-7 record to Auburn under interim head coach Mike Collins, who took over the team after Bobby Keasler was fired following an 0-3 start.

Auburn Tigers have won the SEC Player of the Week honor five times this season. Williams won it twice on offense vs. Vandy and Syracuse while linebacker Karlos Dansby won it defensively vs. LSU and defensive end Reggie Torbor was the winner for his play vs. Mississippi State.

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