Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Burned by the Tigers; Auburn Gets Plenty of Recruits from Georgia; 18 Crossed State Line

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Burned by the Tigers; Auburn Gets Plenty of Recruits from Georgia; 18 Crossed State Line

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Byline: MARC WEISZER

ATHENS -- Just because Columbus native Antarrious Williams crossed over the state line to play for one of Georgia's biggest rivals doesn't mean he's lost his sense of humor.

"Go 'Dogs! Woof! Woof! Woof!" Williams began a phone conversation this week.

The Auburn senior linebacker will be making a homecoming Saturday when the 15th-ranked Tigers face the ninth-ranked Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Williams is one of 18 scholarship players from Georgia on the Auburn roster.

Call it a friendly rivalry. Not only are the schools only 178 miles apart, but former Georgia player Pat Dye coached at Auburn and former Auburn player Vince Dooley coached at Georgia.

"We know a lot of players on the Auburn team, and they know a lot of us," Georgia safety Greg Blue said.

When Auburn running back and Dacula native Kenny Irons is back home, he sometimes drives to Athens to hang out with high school teammate and Georgia fullback Des Williams ("He's like a little brother to me," Irons said), as well as Bulldog running back Danny Ware at East Campus Village.

Offensive tackle and Albany native Troy Reddick has made road trips to the last two Georgia spring games. Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill and offensive guard Jonathan Palmer, both from Decatur, joined Reddick at this year's G-Day game.

"We didn't even come to watch the game," Reddick said. "We were scouting their girls. They like football players a little bit more over there."

Antarrious Williams committed to Georgia in August 2000 before switching to Auburn after Jim Donnan was fired.

"The deciding factor was that Auburn is only 45 minutes from Columbus and Athens is what -- two and a half or three hours?" Williams said.

"Auburn is actually closer to Columbus. Auburn just had the family atmosphere I couldn't pass up. I just loved it here, and so I just decided to come. …

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