|Height: 6-0 | Weight: 233 | College: Auburn|
Positives Has a very thick upper body with well-developed muscles in the chest and shoulder region. Has big, thick arms, a big bubble and thick legs. Shows above average strength as a downhill power-oriented runner. Has the sudden burst of speed to turn the corner and runs with good body lean, showing the leg drive to power through arm tackles. Has the ability to be a very effective slot receiver, showing natural, soft hands and hand extension to catch away from the body's frame. Attacks the holes with good power, staying low in his pads and is quick to turn over and reach his top-end speed. Has natural running instincts and a good feel for openings along the line. Maintains balance on the move, keeping his feet and squaring his shoulders to push the pile and gain good inside yardage. His initial burst and explosion allows him to clear the line of scrimmage and reach the perimeter. His balance and forward lean allows him to run through initial contact. Does a good job of using his blocks, showing the lateral range to separate in the open. Does a very good job of securing and protecting the ball and has the upper body strength to prevent the defender from stripping it. Has the speed to separate after catching the ball in the short area. Has the natural hands to secure the ball with ease when competing for the high pass. Shows a good base to stand in and take on blitzers, keeping his balance and feet in order to sustain blocks. Good worker in the weight room and practices, and was called by the Auburn staff very coachable.
Negatives While he has excellent speed, he needs room to get to top speed and gathers a bit before making the upfield cut along the perimeter. Needs to develop more hip swerve and better moves in order to elude in the open. Has some stiffness in his hips, which is sometimes exposed when he tries to run routes in the short area (takes a soft angle approach rather than run crisp routes). Has excellent straight-line speed, but does not have the stop-and-go action to plant and redirect when looking for the cutback lanes.
Played in eleven games, starting three contests Sat out the Arkansas and Mississippi State games after suffering a right knee medial collateral ligament strain, a right hamstring pull and a right quadriceps contusion vs. Tennessee Finished third on the team with 95 carries for 446 yards (4.7 avg) and five touchdowns Caught eight passes for 80 yards (10.0 avg) and gained 526 all-purpose yards Lost 33 yards on his 95 rushing attempts and fumbled once.
2003 GAME Analysis
Georgia Tech Gained 47 yards on 11 attempts.
Vanderbilt Rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown on a one-yard leap.
Western Kentucky Totaled 80 yards on 11 rushes and scored a touchdown on a five-yard run while catching two passes for 41 yards.
Tennessee Scored a touchdown on a 6-yard run and ran for 65 yards on 12 tries, but left the game in the third quarter with right knee, quadriceps and hamstring injuries and was held out of the Arkansas and Mississippi State games.
Alabama Collected 43 yards on eight runs.
Wisconsin Scored touchdowns of 1 & 2 yards and rushed for 62 yards on 13 carries.
Selected to the Associated Press and Coaches' second-team All-Southeastern Conference squad Recipient of the Pat Sullivan Award presented to the team's top offensive player as voted on by the coaching staff Led the team in rushing with 1,008 yards on 175 carries (5.8 avg) and 13 touchdowns Scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for 831 yards on 144
carries (5.8 avg) and averaged 138.5 yards per game in his last six games Also caught nine passes for 166 yards (18.4 avg) and a score Added 15 yards on a kickoff return
Lost 48 yards on his 175 carries and turned the ball over on a fumble once.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
Southern California Rushed for 43 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.
Western Carolina Scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run and totaled 47 yards on eight attempts Also caught one pass for 22 yards.
Mississippi State Started at fullback and rushed for 51 yards on nine tries.
Florida Rushed for 163 yards on 22 carries (7.4 avg.) and two touchdowns on runs of 26 yards and one yard and scored another touchdown on a 54-yard pass play in which he broke several tackles.
Louisiana State Scored touchdowns on runs of five and 20 yards and totaled 95 yards on 18 carries Scored on a 20-yard touchdown run on a third-and-goal play in which he hesitated and then went around right end to give Auburn a 31-0 lead.
Mississippi Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Coaches' Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 224 yards on 33 attempts and touchdowns on runs of one, 49 and 21 yards His 224 yards were the 10th most ever by an Auburn player
in a single game His 49-yard touchdown was a then career-long scoring run Had a
career-long run of 55 yards in the game and had 152 yards in the first half against the
Rebels Accounted for 61 percent of Auburn's yards and eight of Auburn's 15 first downs including a nine-yard run on third-and-two which sealed the Tigers' win.
Georgia Added 124 yards on 25 runs, including a 53-yard touchdown.
Alabama Did not play due to a right ankle sprain.
Penn State (Capital One Bowl) Named the Capital One Bowl Most Valuable Player after rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Named to the All-SEC freshman team Played both fullback and tailback during the season, starting five of ten games Finished third on the team with 330 yards and two touchdowns on 84 carries (3.9 avg) Gained 109 yards on seven receptions (15.6 avg).
2001 GAME HIGHLIGHTS
Gained 28 yards on six carries vs. North Carolina in the Peach Bowl Scored a touchdown on a five-yard run and rushed for 41 yards vs. Alabama Rushed seven times for 27 yards vs. Georgia Played fullback vs. Louisiana Tech and gained 29 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 27 yards Held out of the Vanderbilt game to rehabilitate turf toe and shoulder injuries suffered early in the season Gained 47 yards on 12 carries vs. Syracuse Rushed 25 times for 84 yards vs. Mississippi Started vs. Ball State and rushed
five times for 67 yards, including a touchdown on a 43-yard run and caught one pass for 33 yards, but did not play in the second half after bruising his right shoulder.
Appeared in two games before being redshirted Gained 10 yards on six carries (1.9 avg).
2001: Missed the second half of the Ball State game (9/01) with turf toe and a right shoulder sprain. Those injuries would eventually force him to sit out vs. Vanderbilt.
2002: Sat out the Alabama game with a right ankle sprain (11/23).
2003: Left the Tennessee game in the third quarter (10/04) and sat out the next two contests vs. Arkansas and Mississippi State with a right knee medial collateral ligament strain, a right quadriceps contusion and a right hamstring pull.
2004: Sat out The Citadel contest (9/25) with a right hamstring pull.
Communications major Spent the spring of 2004 interning at the Auburn Network, where he edited and produced highlight films Son of Joyce and Ronnie Brown Born 12/12/81 in Rome, Georgia Resides in Cartersville, Georgia.
CAMPUS: 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. 330-pound bench press. 365-pound power clean. 32.5-inch vertical jump. 9'7" broad jump. 4.18 20-yard shuttle. Left-handed. 17/23 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. 2.57 20-yard dash. 1.54 10-yard dash. 4.08 20-yard shuttle. 7.10 three-cone drill. 34-inch vertical jump. 9'9" broad jump. Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times. 31 5/8-inch arm length. 9 5/8-inch hands. 23 Wonderlic score.
Attended Cartersville (Ga.) High School, playing football for coach Frank Barden. Earned Prep Star All-American, Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Super Southern 100" and "Georgia 75" honors, and was rated as one of the top five players in the state of Georgia by Super Prep. Was also named the top running back in Georgia by Super Prep. Gained 1,931 yards on 206 carries (9.4 avg) and scored 25 touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 343 yards (22.9 avg) and three scores as a senior. Also competed as a free safety and picked off three passes, earning Georgia Class 2A Player of the Year. Scored three touchdowns and rushed for 180 yards on 20 carries in a 27-21 win in the state championship game that year. The three-year starter rushed for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Also played baseball and hit .330 with nine home runs as a junior. His ability on the baseball diamond saw Ronnie be drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 50th round in 2000.