Want a good indication that the Bulldogs could be in for a special season? Even former Auburn players are admitting Georgia should win the SEC East.
Former Auburn star Ronnie Brown, a running back from Rome, Ga., starred on the Tigers’ unbeaten 2004 team prior to the Miami Dolphins selecting him as the No. 2 overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. He made an appearance at a charity golf tournament alongside Georgia coach Kirby Smart in Greensboro, Ga., on Thursday.
Brown retired from football in 2014 after a decade in the NFL, amassing 5,391 yards rushing during his time with the Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans.
His time in Miami paired him for one season on the same team with Smart, who was coaching safeties for the Dolphins during Brown’s second year in the league in 2006. The two forged a relationship, and Brown was asked his opinion of Smart’s job in Athens so far.
He offered this take, via video from the Macon Telegraph, as well as a prediction that is sure to please Bulldogs fans:
“He’s a great coach. A great personality,” Brown said. “Obviously he relates to the kids real well, and that’s one of the things I think you want to make sure of. And the recruiting, I think he’s done a great job of recruiting the last couple of years. That’s one of the bigger things in having success in college football. But then on top of that, from a personnel standpoint, it’s kind of hard. You’re a great coach, but when you become the head coach, you have to rely on other people. That just comes with trusting guys and trying to get the right guys in who can reiterate what you’re saying and your beliefs.
“I think he’s going to be great. In my opinion, I would pick Georgia to win the East this year. But, you never know with injuries and all these other kinds of things. I think he’s doing a great job, and he’s going in the right direction.”