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03/10/18 - Auburn has a chance to have the most draft picks in school history come April, and with 16 players participating in Friday's Pro Day, it was no surprise that scouts from all 32 NFL teams were on hand to evaluate the group. "It's important," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "I think it says a lot about our program and the foundation that we've built the last five years. (There are) a lot of very talented young men out here that are going to be very successful at the next level and represent Auburn the right way and represent their families the right way. "When you recruit these guys and they have a dream and they get a chance to show these scouts what they can do, it's always a really special day."
The most eyes were likely on running back Kerryon Johnson, the SEC offensive player of the year, who performed well at the NFL combine last weekend but chose not to run the 40-yard dash. Instead, he waited to run it at Pro Day, and with unofficial times of 4.58 and 4.54, he reached the personal goal that he set for himself. "A 4.5 or lower," Johnson said. "If I can get in the 4.4s, whoop-de-doo. But 4.5, it couldn't be anything above that. That was my goal. That's what I've been working on for three months, and I just had to come out here and prove it today." Johnson also stayed after and went through various position drills for the scouts. - Auburn Football
03/09/18 - Kerryon Johnson can now happily get back to his football routine. The Auburn running back ran the 40 before NFL scouts Friday at the school's pro day after skipping it at the combine. He didn't quite make his goal of 4.50 seconds or better, running in 4.58 and 4.54, but was happy to get it over with. "Now I'm back to being an actual football player," Johnson said. "I'm not working on those drills or anything. Now I'm just working on bettering myself as a running back." Johnson and a number of former teammates - including cornerback Carlton Davis , defensive end Jeff Holland and guard Braden Smith - went through drills and ran for representatives of NFL teams. Johnson, Davis, Holland and running back Kamryn Pettway all skipped their final seasons
Projected as a potential early round pick in the April draft, Johnson's 40 time was the biggest question mark going into the day. The 5-foot-11, 206-pounder was named Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year and second-team All-American by The Associated Press despite some injury issues that cost him two early season games and slowed him down late in the season. Injuries have been a hot topic for NFL teams meeting with Johnson. "I think everybody always goes with the durability question," he said. "So we talk about it. Teams are a lot more willing to listen and understand than people outside of football. Bottom line is, playing SEC running back for three years, I missed three games. Not many running backs can say that when they come out of this league." - AP College Football
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn...One of the toughest backs I've ever evaluated, Johnson competes with a high pain tolerance, but his list of career injuries is extensive, dating back to high school. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/02/18 - Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year announced his decision Tuesday in a Twitter post. Johnson ran for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an injury. He had one three-game SEC stretch when he scored 11 touchdowns. Johnson ran for 167 yards in an upset of Georgia, which topped the playoff rankings at the time. He had 30 carries for 104 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama, but was limited in the SEC championship game rematch with the Bulldogs by a shoulder injury. He ran 22 times for 71 yards in a Peach Bowl loss to UCF on Monday. Johnson thanked Auburn fans "for all the endless support that has not always been deserved." - AP College Football
01/01/18 - Auburn's Kerryon Johnson isn't quite ready to call his college career complete. Not long after the No. 7 Tigers lost the Peach Bowl 34-27 to No. 10 Central Florida on Monday, Johnson didn't want to look to the future just yet. He already has drawn plenty of attention in the NFL after being named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year, but the junior from Huntsville stopped short of saying he's ready to apply for early entry for the draft. "I've got to think about the positives and negatives and all that stuff," he said. "That's a life choice. There's only a few times that you get a life choice. College is one, and this is another. Just got to take time and do it." Johnson reported no health issues after rushing 22 times for 71 yards. He scored one touchdown, a 4-yard run midway through the third quarter, but otherwise had a quiet afternoon.
There were concerns last week that Johnson wasn't recovered from right shoulder and rib injuries he suffered in the win over Alabama in the regular-season finale. He played in the SEC championship game loss to Georgia in a significant amount of pain, finishing with 44 yards rushing on a season-low 13 carries. Johnson, the powerful back who led the SEC in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards per game, was neutralized by a Central Florida defense that made stopping him its top priority. "I thought Kerryon was fairly close to 100 percent today," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "We didn't do a very good job blocking up front. There's a lot of times that - they had some stunts early on and they got us before we got going. I thought Kerryon had some very good runs, some tough runs, and there wasn't a whole lot of creases like there normally is." - AP College Football
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson, who was named the AP's SEC offensive player of the year Monday, led the conference in rushing yards (1,320), rushing yards per game (120) and total touchdowns (19). The junior is the ninth different Auburn player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009. - Auburn Football
12/06/17 - 2017 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson was named the SEC offensive player of the year. The junior running back, who was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, led the conference with 1,320 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. His 17 touchdowns during league play were three more than any other SEC player, and his 15 rushing touchdowns in SEC games tied Cam Newton's record at Auburn. Johnson becomes the fourth Auburn player to win the award, joining the likes of Jason Campbell (2004), Newton (2010) and Tre Mason (2013). - Auburn Football
12/05/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson averaged 120 rushing yards per game, gaining 1,320 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 23 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a TD pass, helping No. 7 Auburn win the SEC Western Division. - Auburn Football
11/27/17 - Averaging almost 30 offensive touches per game since becoming the featured back in September, Auburn junior RB Kerryon Johnson (5-11, 212, 4.45, #21) has proven to be a productive workhorse and the MVP of the SEC West champs. He became just the 13th player to rush for 100-plus yards against Alabama during Nick Saban's tenure as head coach, but the punishment of the position caught up with him in the fourth quarter when he exited with a right shoulder injury on his 30th carry of the game. He is a proven tough guy, but his status for the SEC Championship Game is very much up in the air. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/25/17 - A division title, in-state bragging rights and a trip to the SEC Championship Game were all on the line Saturday when No. 1 Alabama and No. 6 Auburn played in the most anticipated Iron Bowl since 2013. It was Gus Malzahn's Tigers who emerged with a 26-14 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium behind the outstanding play of quarterback Jarrett Stidham, tailback Kerryon Johnson and a rugged defense. The Tigers' defense has been dominant in back-to-back matchups with No. 1-ranked teams. Stidham completed 21 of 28 passes for 237 yards. He added 12 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Johnson finished with 30 carries for 104 yards and a score before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He also had three receptions for 21 yards. Auburn wideout Ryan Davis led all receivers with 11 catches for 139 yards. The win wrapped up the SEC West title for Auburn (10-2, 7-1 SEC). The Tigers will take on Georgia in the SEC title game in Atlanta next Saturday. Alabama (11-1, 7-1) still has a shot at a College Football Playoff berth, but it no longer controls its destiny. A big story of the game was third-down success. Alabama converted just three of 11 third-down attempts; Auburn was nine of 17. - The Sports Xchange