Here comes Kerryon Johnson into Auburn's home opener
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Peyton Barber jumped out front of the running back pack in Auburn's season-opener, but coach Gus Malzahn says all his tailbacks are still in the running for high-profile playing time.
"We'll see how this thing plays out. We feel like we have four guys, and they're all just a little bit different. That's usually a good thing," Malzahn during his appearance on the SEC teleconference Wednesday.
Barber heads into Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Jacksonville State topping the Auburn rushing charts with 115 yards. Roc Thomas was limited to six carries and Jovon Robinson had only two before injuries knocked them out of the 31-24 win over Louisville. Freshman Kerryon Johnson was in for one play.
Malzahn reiterated he expects them all to play Saturday, starting with Barber after a career-high 24 carries last Saturday that impressed the head coach.
"It was a grind-it-out type game. A lot of those were tough yards," Malzahn said.
Johnson, slowed by injuries early in August, is back learning the offense.
"We feel like he's one of those guys who is extremely talented. We'll definitely have him out there the rest of the year," Malzahn said.
Malzahn also said Auburn's other injured players, such as Carl Lawson, are expected to play Saturday as well.
"We have to get better, that's the bottom line. We expect them all to be ready," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine