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Auburn HC Gus Malzahn announced that redshirt junior RB Kamryn Pettway (scapula) will not play Saturday against Alabama.

Pettway is dealing with a fractured scapula and has not yet been cleared to return. This has been a great season for Auburn, and a lost season for Pettway. He was suspended in the opener and then played through plantar fasciitis during Auburn's loss to Clemson. Then, he suffered an ankle injury in Week 3 against Mercer that made him a week-to-week proposition over the month that followed. Finally, he fractured his scapula against Arkansas in late October. Pettway led the SEC in rushing yards per game last season but has ran for only 305 yards and six touchdowns on 76 carries this year.
Source: AL.com
Nov 21 - 1:50 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called Auburn junior RB Kerryon Johnson a "stud."

"Love his lateral quickness and burst... big time talent," Jeremiah posted. Auburn's offense frequently forces a front seven defender to make a decision on the quarterback/running back relationship, and then tackle the ball carrier in space. Johnson is amazing at making the first defender miss, so he thrives in this environment.
Nov 21 - 10:51 AM

Auburn junior RB Kerryon Johnson ran for 137 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 42-14 win over UL-Monroe.

Johnson didn't break one today -- his long was only 22 yards -- but he showed good agility and burst while breaking arm tackles. Johnson has gone over 100 yards in six of his last seven games. He'll have an interesting decision to make after this season with regards to potentially declaring early for the draft.
Nov 18 - 4:05 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham completed 18-of-24 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 42-14 win over UL-Monroe.

Outside of the pick, Stidham was humming against Monroe's weak defense. He showed accuracy to all levels of the field and hit seven different receivers for completions. Next week will be the biggest test of Stidham's career, as Auburn takes on Alabama.
Nov 18 - 4:02 PM

According to Fox Sports Bruce Feldman, several influential people attached to Arkansas would like to the school target Auburn HC Gus Malzahn to replace Bret Bielema as head coach in 2018.

Now this would be interesting. Arkansas just fired former Athletic Director Jeff Long, in large part due to the struggles of the football program. Malzahn does have a history with the Razorbacks; serving as offensive coordinator at the school before moving on to Tulsa. It's tough to see him leaving the school at this point -- Auburn is a prime national title contender on paper -- but if Arkansas comes up with a serious compensation package and Malzahn has interest in returning, this could be something to keep an eye on.
Nov 16 - 8:32 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn announced that sophomore RB Kamryn Pettway (scapula) will not play Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.

Malzahn also said that Pettway "probably" won't play the following week in their massive matchup with Alabama. In the sophomore's absence, sophomore RB Kerryon Johnson has thrived, but a healthy Pettway gives the Tigers one of the best tandems in all of college football. It sounds like we won't see that tandem together until the SEC championship (if Auburn beats Alabama) or a bowl game.
Nov 16 - 8:05 PM

Auburn junior RB Kerryon Johnson is a "slippery runner due to his lateral movement skills and quick decision-making skills," writes NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler.

Johnson recorded 233 yards of total offense (167 yards rushing, 66 yards receiving) in last week's upset win over Georgia. He leads the SEC with 1,035 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. "He is high-cut and long-legged for the position, but those strides allow him to accelerate in a hurry, reaching the second level before defenders can react," Brugler wrote. "Johnson might not be a NFL Combine marvel, but his running back-specific traits are why he has been so productive, including his patience to allow Auburn's dominant offensive line to do its job." With Kamryn Pettway out, Johnson has turned into a workhorse, averaging 30.6 touches over the past five games.
Nov 16 - 5:21 PM

Auburn junior RB Kerryon Johnson is "proving to be a real bell-cow back," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

Johnson helped to end Georgia's undefeated season by rushing for 167 yards on 32 carries and posting a 2-66-1 receiving line in last Saturday's 40-17 win. Since he's a junior, Johnson will have to decide whether to enter the draft or return to college after this season.
Source: ESPN
Nov 16 - 12:38 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that the team will use a "common sense" approach to the workload of senior RB Kerryon Johnson.

Johnson (6'5/195) was limited early in the season by a nagging hamstring injury, one which forced him to miss a pair of games. He's returned from that injury with a vengeance, topping 100 yards rushing in five of his last six contests. The senior has seen an average of 27.33 carries per game in that space. Don't expect Johnson to receive anywhere in that neighborhood of touches against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday -- Auburn would most certainly like to give their bellcow back a lighter load, here, with the Iron Bowl looming the following weekend.
Source: AL.com
Nov 15 - 5:13 PM

Auburn received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Christian Tutt.

Tutt (5'11/184) described his mesh with the Tigers as a "perfect fit." His pledge comes on the heels of a sterling official visit over the weekend to watch Auburn topple previously undefeated Georgia. He was also strongly considering Ohio State before he opted to throw his hat into the ring in the SEC. 247Sports' composite lands the ultra-competitive, physical corner as the No. 221 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 14 - 10:39 PM

Auburn senior S Stephen Roberts had six tackles and two pass breakups in Saturday's win over Georgia.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Roberts helped hold the vaunted Georgia RB duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to a combined 49 yards rushing. He was also instrumental in scuttling Georgia's attempts at screen passes. "Roberts lacks classic size measuring under 6-feet, 200 pounds but plays fast, instinctive football and makes plays sideline to sideline," Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote. "I graded him as a potential third rounder before the season began and I believe Roberts comes with a great deal of scheme versatility."
Nov 13 - 4:57 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham completed 16-of-23 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 40-17 win over Georgia.

Stidham wasn't asked to fling the ball around the yard -- Auburn took a commanding lead in the second half -- but when he dropped back, he made several huge throws to help the Tigers to the upset. If the redshirt sophomore can play like this against Alabama in two weeks, we would not discount the possibility of another upset. That's a big "if," of course, but Saturday's showing by the Tigers was one of the more impressive we've seen by any team on the FBS landscape this season.
Nov 11 - 7:15 PM

Auburn senior RB Kerryon Johnson rushed for 167 yards on 32 carries while catching two passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 40-17 win over Georgia.

The Bulldogs had proven mostly impervious to the run entering action on Saturday, but Johnson came through in spectacular style as the Tigers sprung the upset on the CFB Playoff's No. 1 ranked Bulldogs. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder averaged 5.2 YPC with a long run of 19 yards in the victory while posting his sixth game of at least 100 yards rushing in eight contests. He's put up 1,035 yards and 15 touchdowns for the campaign as a whole. The Tigers have an easy game against Louisiana-Monroe next weekend before they wrap the regular season with a showdown against Alabama in what's shaping up to be a titanic match-up.
Nov 11 - 7:10 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that sophomore RB Kam Martin will be utilized more extensively moving forward.

"Yeah, you’ll see him more and more. We have a lot of confidence in Kam, and you’ll see him more and more carrying it," Malzahn said. With Kamryn Pettway sidelined due to a fractured scapula, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Martin is now working as Kerryon Johnson's backup. He's rushed for 310 yards (6.7 YPC) and a score on the year. In a win over Texas A&M last weekend, the sophomore saw 13 carries, matching his highest mark of the season. Auburn hosts Georgia in a mega-showdown with serious Playoff implications on Saturday.
Source: SEC Country
Nov 9 - 1:20 PM

Rivals recruiting analysts Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack compare Auburn four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Asa Martin to Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson.

"As a running back, Martin and Johnson are slashers who can run up the middle, get to the perimeter and catch the ball out of the backfield," the analysts write. They also note that similar to the recruitment of Johnson, the 6-foot, 193-pound Martin has seen some interest as a defensive prospect. Auburn is expected to utilize him at running back. Rivals ranks Martin as the No. 128 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Nov 8 - 10:31 PM


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