Dawg Defense tries to slow Brown and Williams

ATHENS – Georgia has faced powerful running games before and stopped them. But the Dawgs will be up for the challenge of their lives against Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams this Saturday.

Williams and Brown combine to give the Tigers their most potent running combination in the country.

"They are like a machine," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt. "It's fun to watch teams like Auburn until you have to play them."

Georgia's run defense has done well this season. They have allowed an average of only 112 yards per game on the ground. But Georgia Southern, a running team, pounded the Bulldogs all game earlier this season. The Eagles run an option attack, however, and that is different than Auburn's three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust attack.

"We have to make sure we wrap up," said linebacker Arnold Harrison. The senior also commented that the return of safety Thomas Davis will allow the Dawgs to defend Auburn's run better. "Any time you see Thomas Davis make a big play or a big hit it fires up the team."

"I think it will be positive because of our scheme," said Davis. "I think I'll be able to help our linebackers."

The Tigers are second in the Southeastern Conference with 203 yards per game rushing. That trails only Alabama's league leading 229.8 yards a game on the ground. Brown and Williams rank fourth and fifth in the SEC in individual rushing yards a game at 95.8 and 86.1 respectively. The last time the Bulldogs faced a player in the top ten in SEC rushing numbers it was Ciatrick Fason, who blistered the Dawgs and nearly led a Florida comeback two weeks ago.

"Auburn has been gashing people all year," said defensive tackle Kedric Golston. Golston also compared the two running backs' styles.

"Ronnie Brown will run you over," he said. "If Carnell is a Cadillac, then Ronnie is a dump truck."

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