Auburn's Kerryon Johnson covered the stat sheet against LSU
By Charles Goldberg
BATON ROUGE, La. ― Kerryon Johnson did a little bit of everything Saturday, not bad for a true freshman who received his first extended playing time.
The Auburn running back had four carries, caught three passes and returned three kickoffs for 90 yards in LSU's 45-21 victory, providing some spark in the afternoon, and talked an optimistic game when the day was done.
Johnson took a modest approach to his day, thanking coach Gus Malzahn for the chance in the third game on the schedule.
"This is just what I've been working for," Johnson said. "I think I did some good things out there, but, obviously, I got some things to work on like anybody else. But I really appreciate him for giving me the opportunity. A lot of people don't get it, but I did, and I've just got to keep rolling with it.
"I got opportunities, and I can't ask for more as a freshman."
"Kerryon," said fellow running back Peyton Barber, "is a beast. He's very talented, with his ball skills, what he can do in the open field."
Auburn played its four running backs. Roc Thomas led the way, followed by Barber, Johnson and Jovon Robinson. Johnson said he didn't know what his diverse game means heading to next Saturday's home game against Mississippi State.
"Whatever Coach Malzahn says ― 'these are going to be the carries, these are going to be what you do' ― I've just got to go with that. I'm not the head coach, I'm not the coordinator, I'm not the running backs coach, so whatever position they put me in is the position I have to play from."
Quarterback Jeremy Johnson ended as Auburn's leading rusher, thanks to a 65-yard touchdown run early in the second half. The Tigers scored all their touchdowns in the second half.
"I think we ended on a great note, giving ourselves confidence to 'hey, we know we've still got it.' We've just got keep doing it, keep doing it, keep doing it," said Kerryon Johnson.
"This game is over and we've got another tough opponent next week, and we'll have another tough opponent the week after that and another one the week after that. We have to keep going. This is one game."
This one game started slowed.
"We had a couple of good plays here and there, but we really never got our rhythm," Johnson said. "In the second half, I think that's the bright spot, we got our rhythm and scored our 21. The first half was a little down."
Johnson said he was disappointed with the outcome, but he found "a tremendous experience in a tremendous environment. Rivalry game, SEC, third week of the season, everybody is fired up, so I think my experience will carry with me the whole season. I think the whole offense got great experience."
Charles Goldberg is Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine